Clay Shirky looks at “cognitive surplus” — the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles. While we’re busy editing Wikipedia, posting to Ushahidi (and yes, making LOLcats), we’re building a better, more cooperative world.
For more info, also see Shirky’s recent book: Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age
Update 20100705: Clay Shirky: ‘Paywall will underperform – the numbers don’t add up’ (The Guardian)
Update 20100709: Can the Internet save the book? (Salon)
Update 20100714: Authors @ Google video: