Reading the section Gin, Television and Social Surplus on Social Media Reader made me more aware of how many hours people consume their time watching television. “The Internet-connected population watches roughly a trillion hours of TV a year. That’s about five times the size of the annual U.S. TV consumption,” said Clay Shirky. This statistic is mind-blowing and is a reason why I’d rather spend more of my time not watching television and more time producing and sharing. I find myself on the outside spectrum of people who consume their days with watching television. I rarely watch TV unless American Horror Story, Awkward, or breaking news is on. Okay and maybe when the Real Housewives of NJ are on too. But I feel that I try to avoid watching TV as much as possible so I don’t get sucked into watching it for longer. I’d rather blog and find things to do via Internet and keep myself busy and entertained rather than sit in front of a TV for hours on end.
I feel that Shirky is saying if we take time away from TV we can come up with new ideas. For example, how Vasco Furtado a professor in Brazil that created a Wiki map for crime in Brazil by putting a push-pin on a Google map. Yes, this information already exists by word of mouth but having concrete evidence of crime in an area is something new. I enjoyed the way Shirky ended the section “If we carve out a little bit of the cognitive surplus and deploy it here, could we make a good thing happen?”