The Machine is Us/ing Us

Video

Check out this super cool video highlighting how radically the modern, social web differs from both written text and “read-only” online text. By breaking down the barriers to publishing, the social web has transformed all of us from consumers to active co-creators of the world.

Also amazing: this Wired article chronicling the birth and evolution of the internet: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.08/tech.html

As a 28 year-old, who experienced the mainstreaming of the internet during my pre-teen years, these issues are fascinating and deeply personal. I am curious how people in different age groups react to the video and the article.

If you were born before 1975, does the shift toward a social, connected world seem radical to you? Is the social web simply an extension of the connections we’ve always had with one another? Or is it actually a new form of connection? Do you long for a past age of face-to-face interaction?

For those of you born after 1995, how has growing up with the internet affected your view of its importance? Do you take it for granted or appreciate how it helps us all connect?

As we move forward and adapt in this rapidly changing technological landscape, we also need to look back at where we have come from and make sure the changes we experience are the changes we want. The more we can reflect, the smarter and wiser we will become.