Permalink for this paragraph 0 MKG: You were saying that, too often, people who criticize interactive experiences forget the connections between current and past practices of reading and writing. How much attention do you pay to the naysayers and the critics? Because there are the people, like Nicholas Carr, who argue that “Google is making us stupid” and that kind of thing. Do you tend to engage such critics, or do you see them as people who are set in their ways and will be left by the wayside in the long term?In a lot of ways, my problem is less with the naysayers than with the people who dismiss their concerns. Things don’t stay the same; things change. Carr or Sven Birkerts have an exquisite sense of what we are losing as we shift from analog to digital media. Being aware of what we are losing is crucial as it helps us to identify things which we should try hard to take with us into the new era.
Permalink for this paragraph 0 The Left has been extremely disappointing to me in terms of its ability to expand its analysis to include the invention of computers and mobile technology. When you read stuff from the Left, most of it could have been written forty years ago. And that’s a huge problem. There are not a lot of people out there, it seems to me, who are able to wrap their heads around the totality of the problem. And that’s what worries me.
Permalink for this paragraph 0 The debate between “the naysayers” and “the progressives” is too narrow. If I could do anything right now, it would be to find a way to encourage a much broader discussion. I had drinks with Lewis Lapham the other night, and we were talking about this problem. How do we get people to ask bigger questions?