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Today's Big Idea: Humanizing Technology

The Big Idea for Friday, January 04, 2013

We often take a utopian view of technologies that appear to break down barriers and allow for greater participation in our culture. It's great, after all, that a kid from Canada can put a video on YouTube and become the biggest name in pop music. But Justin Biebers are the exception. 

Becoming an Internet celebrity, or cewebrity, might make you famous for 15 minutes, but in most cases it won't make you rich. As the development of the Internet is still in its early stages we have yet to see the development of a model that properly monetizes content creation. 

Moreover, if anyone can be a cewebrity -- and promoting yourself online just becomes another job requirement -- Internet fame becomes something much less desirable. 


  1. 1 Jack Myers: The Cult of the Celebutante is Over
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 It's Time to Go on an Information Diet
    Jason Gots Humanizing Technology
  3. 3 Technology is Agnostic
    Jeff Jarvis
  4. 4 Jaron Lanier: Let’s Unmask the Great and Powerful Oz of Technology
    Jason Gots Input/Output

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