Some detractors argue that the Web is changing our neuronal physiology, actually re-wiring our brains in a way that is dangerous and detrimental to our development. Others suggest that the Web is in fact helping us to utilise our brains more efficiently, making us proverbial ‘foxes’ rather than ‘hedgehogs’ (in the metaphorical parlance of Isaiah Berlin) – able to quickly gather lots of information from lots of sources rather than viewing the world through a single idea.
Thursday November 12, 2009 @ 08:59 AM (UTC)
Wednesday November 11, 2009 @ 11:25 PM (UTC)
Over the past 14 weeks, Digital Revolution has placed me in front of some of the most important protagonists in the Web’s 20 year story: the founding fathers and mothers, the movers and the shakers, the newsmakers and the naysayers. I’ve had the unparalleled opportunity to interview every one, often for more than an hour. Like I’ve died and gone to post-PhD heaven, I tell you.
Tuesday October 13, 2009 @ 11:08 AM (UTC)
One of the results of my recent interview with British comedian, author, actor and all around polymath Stephen Fry for the four-part BBC Digital Revolution series was a little video in which we tried on several of the titles the production team is trying on for size. Have a look. Several people on Twitter think we should have scones and cups of tea.
Tuesday October 06, 2009 @ 07:22 PM (UTC)
Tim Berners-Lee turned his ubiquitous Flip camera on me for a few minutes between takes when I was interviewing him for the BBC’s Digital Revolution programme in Abiriw, Ghana. If you want to find out what I really think about the revolutionary power of the Web, and what humans are doing to this phenomenal tabula rasa, view on:
Tuesday October 06, 2009 @ 07:03 PM (UTC)
I had the opportunity to ask Stephen Fry an hour’s worth of questions about the web today for Digital Revolution, and he pushed our Twitter presence up to 11 by putting a shout-out to his 780,000+ followers for our Name-That-Series campaign.
Thursday October 01, 2009 @ 07:13 PM (UTC)
I had an extraordinary time in Ghana with programme 1 of Digital Revolution, travelling around with Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Apart from hanging out with Timbl, the most exciting aspect was meeting people in Abiriw, in the mountains outside Accra, and speaking with them about how they use the web.
I recorded this vlog for the BBC DigRev blog about my impressions of this superb journey:
Friday September 25, 2009 @ 11:33 PM (UTC)
[Digital Revolution] Programme 1 production vlog week 1: Arianna Huffington and rockets in the desertMonday September 21, 2009 @ 11:19 PM (UTC)
Tuesday September 08, 2009 @ 08:27 PM (UTC)
Presenter Aleks Krotoski and Programme 4 director Molly Milton talk about the themes being explored for the fourth episode of Digital Revolution. (This was filmed at the end of last week before Aleks flew out to the US to start filming programme 1).
Wednesday September 02, 2009 @ 08:50 PM (UTC)
Wednesday 2 September 2009
I have, in effect, been living under a videogames rock for the past three months. My self-imposed exile at the hands of a looming PhD thesis submission date and the subsequent two weeks in a recovery position has rendered my bleeding-edge knowledge of computer gaming obsolete. When confronted with the headlines announcing trends, new releases and banal news, I feel like an OAP outpaced by the young whippersnappers who’ve staked out their turf in my neighbourhood: “Get offa my patch you little devils!” I want to shout, while shaking a gnarled PlayStation 1 controller at them. “Whateva, grandma,” they’d throw back, casually cool with their Wiimotes and iPhones. Harumph.
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