Clay Shirkey & Cognitive Surplus

A great talk by Clay Shirkey – a really interesting speaker and a deep thinker – about how watching TV absorbs the cognitive surpluses we have as human beings. I disagree with him to some extent; most people don’t want to stay in OUTPUT mode constantly. Part of the human experience is INPUT mode; listening to music, reading a book, and yes, even watching TV. Since I spend my day writing content, sending emails, editing photos, editing videos, etc., at the end of the day my brain is a little tired from output. I find watching TV or reading a book a nice rest for my brain, and more so, creative input helps me generate creative output down the road. What about you?