On today’s show we will be talking to our special guest Jaron Lanier.
In his new book ‘You are not a gadget’ he accuses ‘web 2.0 generation’ of being guilty of digital collectivism – killing creativity and innovation. But is that fair?
Have a look at his interview on Newsnight which asked ‘Is the internet stifling creativity?’
So impressed by Lanier’s wisdom this blogger says he read the book twice.
Another person comments that his work is ‘like a health-food movement for the internet generation. We should eat more broccoli.’
But not everyone is impressed with this critical view of today’s internet usage. OK-enough dept criticizes every aspect of his work and says ‘The internet is a huge success because people actually like the way it works and they get tons of value out of it, even if it’s not the value Lanier wanted’.
Blogger Emilyn strongly disagrees that we have collective approaches to the internet ‘The internet is largely individual voices, individual works, and that will not go away any time soon.’
Do you think that the internet is stopping creativity?Do you need to be somebody before you share yourself online?