Decades ago, David Foster Wallace foresaw the problems that technology, media, and entertainment would cause for this generation with. We now live in the internet/information age, where technology and media are inescapable. During Wallace’s later life, he pointed out the problems that we should consider and be aware of when existing in such a society. We may have not listened then, but we should now.
In this powerful talk from TEDGlobal, Rebecca MacKinnon describes the expanding struggle for freedom and control in cyberspace, and asks: How do we design the next phase of the Internet with accountability and freedom at its core, rather than control? She believes the internet is headed for a “Magna Carta” moment when citizens around the world demand that their governments protect free speech and their right to connection.
In the early days of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped craft a vision for the internet as public commons where humanity could share its knowledge — but even then, this vision was haunted by the dark side of how it could turn out: with personal devices that control our lives, monitor our data and feed us stimuli. (Sound familiar?) In this visionary talk, Lanier reflects on a “globally tragic, astoundingly ridiculous mistake” companies like Google and Facebook made at the foundation of digital culture — and how we can undo it. “We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it’s financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them,” he says.
The modern day internet and the direction it’s going with social media and online communication may be viewed as…dystopian for some, and with good reason. But things weren’t always this way, in fact, there was once a time where things were far more hopeful than they are today. The internet forums, the old youtube, message boards, meme sites, and overall a much more expressive era. Perhaps there are lessons to be learned from that time period, from the golden age of the internet. Speaking of social media, I try to keep mine as non-toxic and positive as possible. Below are some links to sites where I occasionally post extra content and share things publicly. Also, I’ve brought back my patreon but it will be on a per-video basis instead of monthly. Appreciate all the support and feedback as always.
Isn’t it strange how millions of people on one side of the Atlantic, can instantaneously communicate with people on the other side, all at once, and with hardly any delay. Well, it’s not only strange, it’s incredible. To understand how data travels under vast oceans from one place to another, we actually have to start in the mid 1800s. This is the time when the first undersea cables were laid, and astonishingly, when the first communication took place from Europe to America. Since those first undersea telegraph cables, we’ve moved onto undersea telephone cables and more recently, onto fibre optic cables capable of carrying our beloved internet vast distances. ** For exclusive videos, mystery boxes and other rewards, please consider supporting me at; https://www.patreon.com/nostalgianerd **
In today’s media climate, it’s becoming harder and harder to tell what’s real and what isn’t. Every day, we’re bombarded with (mis)information that’s trying to change the way we think about our government, our leaders, and even each other. But while it may seem like we’re living in a world divided, the truth is out there — and we have the ability to vote and shape our world based upon it.
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