We live in an age of connection, one that is accelerated by the Internet. This increasingly ubiquitous, immensely powerful technology often leads us to assume that as the number of people online grows, it inevitably leads to a smaller, more cosmopolitan world. We’ll understand more, we think. We’ll know more. We’ll engage more and share more with people from other cultures. In reality, it is easier to ship bottles of water from Fiji to Atlanta than it is to get news from Tokyo to New York.
Ethan Zuckerman — Director of MIT’s Center for Civic Media and cofounder of the citizen media community of Global Voices — discusses his new book “REWIRE: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection,” which explains why the technological ability to communicate with someone does not inevitably lead to increased human connection. Featured respondents include Judith Donath, Ann Marie Lipinski, and David Weinberger.
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