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What follows is a rough approximation of my brief introductory talk at this year’s Ars Electronica Symposium which I co-curated with Isaac Mao . The presentation is at Slideshare . Videos of all the talks are available on the website . The Revolutionary Meme When Ars Electronica first began over 30 years ago , it was one of the only annual events that focused on the impact of technology on society and creativity. Today there are multiple events that examine technology’s role on all aspects of lif e, not just every week, but every single day.
(The Nation) In late September, deep in bucolic Oxfordshire, an eclectic group of spooks, soldiers, civil servants, academics and geeks gathered in surroundings eerily reminiscent of Downton Abbey. They took tea on the veranda, looked out onto a herd of docile cows and obediently trooped in to dinner when an austere-looking butler banged the gong. Their focus, however, could hardly have been further from the subtle class divisions that began to rend the fabric of British society in the early twentieth century.
PEOPLE should embrace the sort of anarchism typified by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Noam Chomsky says. The American commentator, philosopher and activist was being interviewed in front of a packed theatre at the Sydney Opera House today when he was asked his thoughts on Prime Minister Julia Gillard's comments that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's motivations were "sort of anarchic". Professor Chomsky said if anarchy meant questioning authority and demanding the truth, then everyone should be anarchic. "In that sense I think everyone should be an anarchist," he said, in response to heavy applause from the audience.