This week we were asked to identify a collective effort on the internet that fits the description of a meaningful cognitive surplus. At first it took me a while to come up with one but I think that most social network sites can be an example of cognitive surplus. I say this because some social network sites are used to give and receive information. Social network sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are tools that people use to connect and spread vital information to peers.
I think the greatest collective effort that I’ve seen on the internet that fits the description of a meaningful cognitive surplus would be blogging. An example would be this class. We blog to express opinions on certain subjects and comment on each other’s blogs to share thoughts and ideas. Blogging goes beyond this class. If you search for anything such as a recipe, or how to train a pet or anything, you can find a blog that could possibly help. People blog for several different reasons. Some people blog to express how they feel, others blog to share information and discuss topics with other people online. Some bloggers post for personal enjoyment and some well-known bloggers are paid for their posts.
I benefit from blogging because it gives me an outlet to express how I feel and connect with others who may feel the same as I do. I also find a lot of great recipes from blogs on the internet and great home décor ideas as well. Blogging is a great hobby and a great way to spend time on the internet. A blog post can reach someone who is seeking advice and could help them in a major way. As stated in previous posts, I have a Tumblr account. I fell in love with Tumblr in high school and I’ve been hooked on it since then. On Tumblr, I feel comfortable posting what I want without judgment because I know there is someone out there who feels the same way as I do. I use Tumblr as an outlet and a way to connect with friends and receive information. The pictures and videos on Tumblr make me laugh when I’m sad, and I learn about world events and new music.
I actually feel like I am already contributing my talents through blogging for this class and blogging on Tumblr. I am expressing my opinions and sharing information. I believe I incorporate a lot of user generated content into my posts but I hope one day that my posts will reach a peer and help them in a way that changes their lifestyle or point of view.
There are really no existing projects that I feel needs to be changed or improved in order for me to participate or contribute. The social network sites that I now participate in are just fine to me. I am involved on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr and they all are a comfortable place for me to express how I feel and relate to others to spread and receive information.