Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Digital Maoism for beginners

(Found via here). Jaron Lanier, the man who created the term digital maoism has an article in the New York Times entitled The Madness of Crowds and an Internet Delusion discussing his new book You are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto.

The article notes:-

Mr. Lanier, a musician and avant-garde computer scientist — he popularized the term “virtual reality” — wonders if the Web’s structure and ideology are fostering nasty group dynamics and mediocre collaborations. His new book, “You Are Not a Gadget,” is a manifesto against “hive thinking” and “digital Maoism,” by which he means the glorification of open-source software, free information and collective work at the expense of individual creativity.

I would think of getting it if I did not have something else to read pretty soon.

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