Has Instagram replaced Kodak?

Jobs, blink and they’re gone

I have to admit that I have not read Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future?“, but mainstream media seems to be filled with snippets from the book. Often described as a visionary, Lanier has become one of the most prominent and outspoken critics of the digital economy. The most [...]

What has the Internet ever done for us?

Besides email, blogs, instant messaging, social media, ecommerce and apps, what has the Internet ever done for us?

People who have met me in real life know that most of the time I’m a patient and easy-going kind of guy (despite rumours to the contrary, I do exist outside of the virtual realms). My [...]

Technophobia as regulation

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that stem cell methods are not patentable. This is not a particularly exciting piece of news in itself, but I have taken notice because this is yet another example of regulation which I believe is informed by technophobic tendencies. During the first edition of GikII, I gave [...]

McLuhan and technophobia

The medium is the mass age

Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of Marshall MacLuhan’s birthday, and the event was greeted by many as an opportunity to reflect on his life and works. McLuhan has become the prophet of modern media, his writings and phrases are cited everywhere as being eerily prescient. I was reminded [...]

Will the ebook kill the book?

Finished reading yet another semi-Luddite piece against e-books in today’s Guardian. The author says:

“The valedictories for what is now disdainfully called “dead tree publishing” may be similarly premature. The lessons from history are that technological progress is uneven, that consumers are often sceptical of techno-hype, and that new technologies do not supplant old ones [...]

Technology changes things, get over it!

I must admit that I am yet to read The Shallows by Nicolas Carr, this summer’s book to hate, but I have read some interesting reviews, particularly Scott Rosenberg’s. However, I notice that the book has been making the rounds in the British press (I assume Carr may be out promoting the book and giving [...]

You Are Not a Gadget – a review

Before starting to criticise Jaron Lanier’s “You Are Not a Gadget”, I have to state clearly that this is an important book that should be read by anyone interested in debating the role the Internet plays in modern society. However one may want to criticise its content, and there are plenty who have been doing [...]

Beware the technophiles

As someone who often bemoans technophobia, I feel the obligation to point out its opposite when it makes an appearance. I have read the unintentionally funny named article in TechCrunch “Dear Authors, Your Next Book Should be an App, Not an iBook”. Here the author gushes about the iPad, repeats the idea that it changes [...]

The Internet? It will never work!

Bah, humbug…

Ah, 1995, the early days of the Internet. Windows 95. The Clinton era. Apollo 13. The Unabomber Manifesto. And in Newsweek, a columnist says that the Internet is all hype. He said:

“But today, I’m uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community. Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries [...]

Attack of the techno-sceptics, part deux

Technophobia, Luddism and techno-scepticism are topics close to my heart. I have heard about Jaron Nanier’s You Are Not a Gadget, but I have not read it yet. That is why I want to point people towards this excellent review by the Technology Liberation Front (one of my new favourites). As I have not read [...]