Thursday, January 07, 2010

You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier

In his new book, Lanier says the web started having a negative impact on our lives instead of a positive one with the rise of "Web 2.0" designs that valued the web's information content over individuals. "It became fashionable to aggregate the expressions of people into dehumanized data ... Here’s just one problem: It screws the middle class. Only the aggregator (like Google, for instance) gets rich, while the actual producers of content get poor. This is why newspapers are dying. It might sound like it is only a problem for creative people, like musicians or writers, but eventually it will be a problem for everyone."


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