New media guru Clay Shirkey is making the rounds promoting his new book, Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age. In describing how the internet is offering our generation a more constructive, participatory way of spending its time, Shirkey mentions a staggering statistic regarding how much of our same generation continues to sit on their asses and watch a helluva lot of television. If you haven’t seen or heard Shirkey talk, have a look at this excerpt from last year’s Web 2.0 Expo. Below the video, you can see a brilliant new visualization created by David McCandless (for Information is Beautiful) that brings Shirkey’s example into sharp focus.
(If you’re short on time, click to 3:40)