The Internet Will Never FlyApril 30, 2012 @ 10:55 pm
From former Dave Ross Show producer Loren Skaggs...
...a 1995 prediction from Physicist Clifford Stoll, who waged a noble but ultimately futile movement to hang on to typewriters and face-to-face contact.
"What's missing from this electronic wonderland? Human contact. Discount the fawning techno-burble about virtual communities. Computers and networks isolate us from one another. A network chat line is a limp substitute for meeting friends over coffee. No interactive multimedia display comes close to the excitement of a live concert. And who'd prefer cybersex to the real thing? While the Internet beckons brightly, seductively flashing an icon of knowledge-as-power, this nonplace lures us to surrender our time on earth. A poor substitute it is, this virtual reality where frustration is legion and where—in the holy names of Education and Progress—important aspects of human interactions are relentlessly devalued."
Here's a classic Stoll speech:
At 51:40 he admits he's not much good at predicting the future.
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