Clay Shirky is Brilliant
Go read this to glimpse why the web is changing us.
Here is a video of the talk:
This really is an interesting concept. Something he misses out on is that watching Gilligan’s Island is different than watching today’s Sitcoms.
That is, watching TV is not a complete waste of cognitive surplus.
Even though I don’t watch any television, I can respect the argument that today’s TV actually makes people smarter.
There is a whole book on this topic I once gave a speech on at a Las Vegas Real Estate conference:
Everything Bad is Good For you
Here is a review from the New Yorker by Malcolm Gladwell:
All that said, this Shirky guy is smart and entertaining, I loved his metaphor about skulls on poles being markers for future success by the lesson of past failures.
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