Does the Internet Make You Smarter?

Clay Shirky’s new book release “Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age.”

Saturday/Sunday, June 5-6, 2010 – WSJ

“Amid the silly videos and spam are the roots of a new reading and writing culture, says Clay Shirky (W1).”

Based on the WSJ’s survey results, (as of 6/11 – approx 66%-33% – people believe that the Internet is making us smarter).

Shirky points to digital media where we all can create our own video content; we can be our own writer and post our editorial pages for others to read. As he points out we are getting more immersed in the process of creating on the internet rather than passively sitting back and having television programs delivered to us. It would be great if we increased our reading and writing skills as we begin down this path of creativity in digital media. Regarding interactive games that are played on Facebook (FB) they immerse us the users in the experience. The question, what are we gaining from the social interactivity online? Do we feel more connected and creative? Are we becoming immersed into the online worlds and improving our critical thinking skills? Are we improving our social skills? Do we feel connected across the world as the world becomes more flat?

See the WSJ article in full:

Shirky, Clay. (2010).Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age. New York, NY. Penguin Press HC

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