Internet genius (a phrase I use with sincerity here) Clay Shirky released his new book this week, titled Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age (affiliate link). I have heard Clay speak many times over the last several years on this topic in addition to taking his class at NYU, and there are few people who can explain the social community phenomenon better than he.
Communicators – this book will give you valuable insight into why people share as much information as they do online, provide case studies that explain how and where people connect and educate you about online group behavior.
Here’s Cory Doctorow’s review on Boing Boing, which concludes:
The last chapter of the book is a kind of roadmap for building your own structures for enabling participation, drawn from Clay’s long history of teaching and consulting, and it’s as practical as the rest is theoretical.
Cognitive Surplus continues to prove that Clay Shirky is one of the best thinkers and advocates the net has. It’s a delight to read and will change how you think about the future.
Want to know where Clay copes with information overload? Check out this recent feature from the Atlantic.