Shirky Chapter 5

Free software, like Shirky suggested, is an example of a product with rich culture, because cooperation to improve used software is a shared trait by members of the improvement community. Shirky mentions that a knowledge of the code behind a service, product, or software, vastly increases the rate of evolution. He says, “Not only does that community share the computer code; it shares discussions and arguments about how to improve that code as well” (143). So with cooperative effort and knowledge of code, the results within a community nearly triple the rate of the products professional growth.

With growing technological dependence in the American society, senses of gratification for amateur credit and consumer feedback is becoming more and more pushed by devlopers every day: “PatientsLikeMe aggregates patient data better than traditional methods because it offers patients a sense of membership and shared effort” (2010, p. 157).

MLA Work Cited

Shirky, Clay. “Culture.” Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators. New York: Penguin, 2010. 143. Print.

APA References

Shirky, C. (2010). Cognitive surplus : how technology makes consumers into collaborators New York, New York: Penguin Press.


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