Where do people find the time [for free culture]?

Stian Rødven Eide julipan at fsfe.org
Fri May 2 20:41:58 UTC 2008

On Fri, 2008-05-02 at 00:20 +1000, Ben Finney wrote:
> What's "cognitive surplus"?

I believe Bogdan was using the term as described Clay in Shirky's book
"Here Comes Everybody" - http://www.herecomeseverybody.org/ - which made
the front page of slashdot a few days ago:

Essentially, it refers to the many person-hours of thought in a society
that are not used for primary (work-hour) activities. While most of the
cognitive surplus is spent on "passive" consumption of media (almost
2000 Wikipedias a year on sitcoms in the US alone), more and more is now
invested in work that benefits society as a whole.


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