Monday, April 5, 2010

Cool Thing@UOW: The Continuing Case Against Web 2.0

You Are Not a Gadget: The Continuing Case Against Web 2.0

Written by Richard MacManus / April 4, 2010 8:30 PM / 26 Comments

Jaron Lanier was a pioneer of "virtual reality" in the early 1980s and in his book, You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, he makes the case for a more humanistic approach to Internet technology. Lanier rails against web 2.0, which he calls at the start of the book "a torrent of petty designs" and "freedom [...] more for machines than people."

Lanier's main issue with web 2.0 is that, in his view, it promotes the 'hive mind' over individual expression. He writes that web 2.0 presents the current generation of kids with a "reduced expectation of what a person can be."


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  1. What a great topic for a debate! I came across a blog last week that presented an authors' view of the world, and was written in long-ish chapters very much like a novel.The ability to comment and discuss was still there due to the blog's capabilities. I think this is a great example of win/win for both individual expression and also community dialogue. Can't we have both?


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