Jaron Lanier talks about the failure of web 2.0

Great little podcast interview with ‘digital guru’ Jaron Lanier from The Guardian last week, which seems to reiterate some of the points made in the When the net’s wisdom of crowds turns into an online lynch mob article I mentioned in my earlier post (see here) – particularly as far as pack mentality and cyber-bulkanization are concerned.

I remember Jaron from the 80s talking about Virtual Reality, possibly in Mondo 2000. He’s got a new book out called You Are Not A Gadget, and it was interesting to hear him argue that idea free and open access sounds good at first but it actually creates a mediocre mush. More surprising to hear him say that he can’t see anything good that’s come out of the open culture movement, pointing out that if he, John Perry Barlow or Kevin Kelly had said that in 30 years time, computers will be millions and millions times faster and the great prize will be a new release of Unix and online encyclopedia then there wouldn’t have been much excitement!

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