The Internet Is Not The Answer

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Episode #444 of Six Pixels of Separation – The Twist Image Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

On Monday, January 26th, 2015 in Toronto, I will be taking part in a live public debate with Andrew Keen abut the value and merits of the Internet. The event will be moderated by GigaOm‘s Mathew Ingram and will act as a kickoff to this year’s Advertising Week. It’s strange to call this a debate, as there are many concepts that Andrew presents in his latest book, The Internet Is Not The Answer, that are important issues we all need to think about, and be prepared for. Still, Andrew believes that the Internet has actually created “an increasingly fragmented society, a digital echo chamber, in which people are more and more isolated from anyone, particularly those with different opinions and beliefs.” I am much more bullish and hopeful as to what it is… and what it is becoming. Keen has long been a smart contrarian when it comes the over-exuberance that some people have for the Internet (I’m one of those excitable types). His books, The Cult Of The Amateur, Digital Vertigo, and now, The Internet Is Not The Answer have earned him the title, “the Anti-Christ of Silicon Valley.” It’s a title that he feels comfortable with, so long as his thinking challenges what we think we know about technology, and whether it ultimately is good for us, as a society. Enjoy the conversation… 

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation – The Twist Image Podcast #444.

Apologies for my intro in this episode, I think there was a recording issue with my mic. It will be resolved for next week.