Sunday, March 21, 2010

You are not a Gadget

Very good interview on the Sunday Edition with Jaron Lanier author of You are Not a Gadget. He discussed the de-humanizing impact of social media. Argued that Facebook is very restrictive for kids - does not allow them room to reinvent themselves. Also expanded on the idea of digital Maoism: a term he has coined.
Very thought provoking (especially for people still attempting to make a living off their creativity)


Eric said...

Is he still around??? Lanier used to be a fixture in Wired magazine during the 1990s, ranting about how we would be spending all our time in virtual reality (3D glasses and all). His main qualification seemed to be that was the only techie with dreadlocks.

Alanna Cavanagh said...

Yes he is still around!
fyi During the interview he made a point of clarifying that he was NOT a Luddite - as one might expect from his anti-web manifesto!