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Is Twitter like a spoken conversation, the kind you would have with friends and/or strangers in a bar?
(JARON LANIER:) My Wikipedia entry identifies me (at least this week) as a film director.
Bill Keller of the New York Times has just written a provocative piece lamenting that new technologies are eroding essential human characteristics. I would certainly agree that almost all technologies, especially those with a cognitive element, transform the way we organize, value and manage our intellectual and social lives–-indeed, such complaints were raised, most famously by Plato about how writing was emptying words of their soul by disconnecting them from their living speakers. However, Keller makes not one but at least three distinct claims in his piece.
The Gutenberg Parenthesis: Thomas Pettitt on parallels between the pre-print era and our own Internet age » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of JournalismCould the most reliable futurist of the digital age be… Johannes Gutenberg ? Possibly.
Is Twitter writing, or is it speech? Why we need a new paradigm for our social media platforms » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of JournalismNew tools are at their most powerful, Clay Shirky says , once they’re ubiquitous enough to become invisible.
Editor’s Note : Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings , a curation of “cross-disciplinary interestingness” that scours the world of the web and beyond for share-worthy tidbits.