The Cognitive Surplus

Looking for the Mouse (via Rivets) is an interesting thought.

Essentially, it suggests that our increased spare time has previously been used up passively by television. Since we now have computers, interactivity and the Internet, we're no longer satisfied by just watching - we want to take part in some way. The interesting statistic is that it would take as much 'brain time' to produce 100 Wikipedias from scratch as is used in 1% of all the television we watch.

It remains to be seen how we'll all use this spare time, our desire to participate, and to think. Once it's all happened, come and get me, as I'll be watching endless re-runs of Friends ;-)

Submitted by coofercat on Wed, 2009-04-15 12:02


Dont know about that Wiki

Dont know about that Wiki stat but I have to say that my tele watching has fallen dramatically in favour of the web and I have leaned a great deal. Tele is a somewhat mindless occupation really.

Submitted by Hot press (not verified) on Fri, 2009-05-15 09:48.