I'm kind of annoyed that Clay's "cognitive surplus" idea seems to have gotten more traction than some of the other, better developed ideas in his book. "Cognitive surplus" has a lot of truthiness, and I think it is correct in its implication for the present, even if it is dubious historically and is just a bit too easy to loosely glom onto. In particular, I think it is important to position the TV era as very short moment in human history; we need to remember that mass consumption of media is, in its entirety, a recent phenomenon.
My point here, though, is that if you want a good tag for Shirky's recent work, "organizing without organizations" is a much more pithy and fruitful starting point, but this seems to be lost in the shuffle, primarily because there wasn't a new talk on YouTube on the subject, I'd venture.
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