What are you doing with your cognitive surplus?

Watch this video by Clay Shirky on Cognitive Surplus

This video speaks to what I have been talking about for a while now – “The Theory of the Sleeping Class”.  I will write about it more in the next few weeks.  Basically, I think modern society has created two different classes of people – the Producers and the Consumers.  He mentions something like this in his video.  It started before the television, but certainly jumped leaps and bounds because of it…..Kinda ties into “The Theory of the Leisure Class” too.  If we have more time for “leisure”, then what on earth are we going to fill our time with – tada!  Television.  And who better to advertise to than to a bunch of captive Consumers who are watching the content that the people in TV land created.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are very informative shows out there.  However, for the most part, in our world of “Hundreds-of-channels TV Universe”, the Producers produce things/content to keep the Consumers entertained and lulled into a steady delta brain wave state.  Imagine, like what is said in the video, what we could accomplish, for instance, if everyone who played “Farmtown” (or whatever the heck it’s called), actually got involved with an urban garden and grew small patches of crops?  Or, what about all those video game hours, or hours watching soap operas/reality TV.  Life is WAY more interesting than a soap opera if you look around, and your friends and family should be about all the “reality” that you can handle, no?

More later, I’m only getting started….

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