Doc Searls joins the Plutopians to discuss social media’s impact on the Internet, mass media’s changes in the digital age, streaming music, movies, and much more.
“Social media enhances conviviality enormously. Suddenly you’re in touch with people from high school, relatives you haven’t seen in a long time, and I thought it retrieved gossip. Gossip is enormous there. In fact, it is about gossip, and gossip, as Yuval Noah Harari points out in his book Sapiens – he thinks human beings are built for gossip. In our early days as a sentient and nomadic species, we needed to know who are the good ones at making tools, who are the ones that would screw you over, who are the ones that climb trees, whatever else there was. And gossip is good for that. And [social media] retrieved gossip in a big way.”
A compelling discussion of digital age media. We start out with the question, “whatever happened to blogging.” Bloggers were, for the most part, diverted into social media. And what social media did to blogging, it also did to journalism – now it seems everyone is a journalist. And we’re all *with* each other, pickled in the Internet. This is a new world, without distance and gravity, and pretty much without cost. We’re being remade by being digital.