Edward Norton is an actor, director and philanthropist. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards, for Best Supporting Actor in "Primal Fear" and "Birdman", as well as Best Actor in "American History X." His other notable films include "Fight Club" (1999), "25th Hour" (2002), "The Incredible Hulk" (2008) and "Keeping the Faith" (2000), which he also directed. Norton is also known for his work on environmental and social issues like renewable energy and low-income housing. In May 2010, Norton co-founded the website Crowdrise, an online platform that harnesses the power of social networks for charities.
Edward Norton: A lot of people have wondered what's the substance of social networking? Is this just chatter? Is this just like, hey, look at me and what I’m doing? Why? For what purpose, or is there anything to this? As generational critiques often go; I think a certain older generation of people were quick to sort of go, “Oh how annoying. This is just sucking kids into this pointless world of texting and chatter. And what are they doing in there?"
And I think that it’s a great mistake to write off the potency of a trend like this or a tool like this before it’s even had a chance to really get going and work out what it’s going to be. People thought, like, the Wright Brothers sticking a lawnmower engine on this glider was sort of dilettantish playing around. And I think that’s how a lot of people have looked at social networking. But 60 years later, we broke through supersonic flight. There’s no way to know what social networking is turning into or going to become, but in a very short time, you’re seeing many, many forms of maturation of the whole idea.
Recorded December 9, 2010
Interviewed by Max Miller
Directed by Jonathan Fowler
Produced by Elizabeth Rodd