I’m very excited about today’s programme. Jaron Lanier is one of the great thinkers on the Internet and technology and he’s going to be with us for the full hour. (He has a book out – which is being discussed extensively online.) he’s asked to talk to you about three things.
THINGS THAT JARON LANIER WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT
We’ve just finished our editorial meeting. Jaron Lanier joined us by phone and this is what he’d like to speak with you about:
– Does the Internet bring our a meaner nastier side in all of us? Have you found yourself behaving in a way online, that wouldn’t do elsewhere?
– Does the Internet obstruct how we all develop as individuals?
Does the fact that we’re all sharing so much about ourselves mean that if ever we want to change who we are, the Internet is there to remind you and everyone else of what you’re trying to leave behind? And does the pressure on children to have online personas effect the people they actually become?
– Are we in danger of believing that the Internet itself is alive rather tha realising that it is humans and their creativity that provide life?
Is the process of communicating celebrated more than our own actions and creativity? And do the massive websites we use – YouTube, google, facebook, etc – force the creative connections we make to be damagingly uniform?
‘YOU HAVE TO BE SOMEBODY BEFORE YOU CAN SHARE YOURSELF’
That’s written on the front cover of Jaron Lanier’s new book. Inside, he adds…
‘Something started to go wrong with the digital revolution around the start of the twenty-first century. The World Wide Web was flooded with a torrent of petty designs sometimes called Web 2.0. This ideology promotes radical freedom on the surface of the web, but that freedom, ironically, is more for machines than people. Nevertheless, it us sometimes referred to as ‘open culture’.
Communication is now often experienced as a superhuman phenomenom that towers above individuals. A new generation has come of age with a reduced expectation of what a person can be, and what each person might become.’
WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT JARON?
Here’s an interview with Jaron.