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Web 2.0 ideas have a chirpy, cheerful rhetoric to them, but I think they consistently express a profound pessimism about humans, human nature and the…
The mass culture of childhood right now is astonishingly technical. Little kids know their Unix path punctuation so they can get around the Web, and…
The basic problem is that web 2.0 tools are not supportive of democracy by design. They are tools designed to gather spy-agency-like data in a…
Technologists provide tools that can improve people’s lives. But I want to be clear that I don’t think technology by itself improves people’s lives, since…
Musicians and journalists are the canaries in the coalmine, but, eventually, as computers get more and more powerful, it will kill off all middle-class professions.
I view advertising as being this romanticizing element that helps us appreciate, understand and enjoy how remarkable it is that we’ve been able to do…
I feel drawn to experiment with ways that technology can interact with notions of intimacy, because so much of technology is done in a way…
Google’s thing is not advertising because it’s not a romanticizing operation. It doesn’t involve expression. It’s a link. What they’re doing is selling access.
Every time we give a musician the advice to give away the music and sell the T-shirt, we’re saying, ‘Don’t make your living in this…
Anonymous blog comments, vapid video pranks and lightweight mash-ups may seem trivial and harmless, but as a whole, this widespread practice of fragmentary, impersonal communication…
My dad has sometimes felt that I grew up a little lacking in sufficient eccentricity – in the sense that I’m willing to live as…
If we enter into the kind of world that Google likes, the world that Google wants, it’s a world where information is copied so much…
If we allow our self-congratulatory adoration of technology to distract us from our own contact with each other, then somehow the original agenda has been…
I’d much rather see a world where, when you make some quirky comment on a blog or news story or you upload a video clip,…
Wal-Mart impoverished its own customer base. Google is facing exactly the same issue long-term, although not yet.
People try to treat technology as an object, and it can’t be. It can only be a channel.
What does it mean to not be alone? I’ve approached that question through music, technology, writing and other means.
My parents were kind of like me in that they had tons and tons of weird, amazing stuff.
I’ve occasionally been wrong about certain things, which is in a way more delightful than being right.
I’m not in any sense anti-Facebook.
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