Michael Wesch gave a very entertaining and informative presentation at the Personal Democracy Forum this year. He discusses how the technology we create eventually changes us.
He criticizes the one-way, sound-bite culture that mass media created; he raises the possibility that online collaborative tools can invent new ways of engaging in deeper and meaningful conversation.
More information about his ideas is here. Watching this presentation in person was exciting; he deserved the standing ovation.
I look forward to Micheal’s ideas becoming mainstream. Currently most folks in the Gov 2.0 world are still focusing on social media. Social media are useful, but getting everyone together in one place online is just the first step; the next (and more complicated) step is collaboration on a deeper level.