Gin, Television, and Social Surplus

Clay Shirky has a wonderful short post on the Cognitive Surplus, and which, as a bonus, may nudge you to do something else, anything else, rather than passively consume more entertainment:

Did you ever see that episode of Gilligan’s Island where they almost get off the island and then Gilligan messes up and then they don’t? I saw that one. I saw that one a lot when I was growing up. And every half-hour that I watched that was a half an hour I wasn’t posting at my blog or editing Wikipedia or contributing to a mailing list. Now I had an ironclad excuse for not doing those things, which is none of those things existed then. I was forced into the channel of media the way it was because it was the only option. Now it’s not, and that’s the big surprise. However lousy it is to sit in your basement and pretend to be an elf, I can tell you from personal experience it’s worse to sit in your basement and try to figure if Ginger or Mary Ann is cuter.

Read the full article — it’s great! — here.

Comments

  1. Tom Chappell wrote:

    Whoops, the link to the article was borked. All better, now. Thanks, JB.

  2. tom harvey wrote:

    since commenting on ancient posts seems completely acceptable around here, i will note that this econtalk podcast with clay shirkey:

    http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2008/10/shirky_on_coase.html

    like most all econtalk podcasts, is totally worthwhile.

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