David Weinberger — The Networking of Knowledge and Storytelling
"Western culture's traditional system of knowledge is a stunning achievement," says David Weinberger, but it was constructed as a series of stopping points: You asked a question, and you got an answer—on the page of a book or newspaper, say. Now, knowledge lives on the hyperlinked web, and links offer a never-ending invitation to go further, to know more. What are the implications of a future in which human knowledge is no longer a finite compendium of scholarly works but rather a limitless, intricately connected network of people, ideas, and works? What happens when knowledge consists of all those pieces, connected in discussion and disagreement? What happens, to quote Weinberger, when "the smartest person in the room is the room"? And what does all this mean for the storyteller?
Dr. Michael Wesch — Unboxing Stories
Dr. Michael Wesch studies how our evolution from a literate culture to a digital one can return us to our heritage of collaborative storytelling...
Tiffany Shlain — Connecting Our Global Brain
Filmmaker and Webby Award Founder Tiffany Shlain compares the Internet to a child's developing brain. The Internet is in an early stage of development, and...