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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Utopia and Dystopia


One thing I've been taking flak quite a bit for recently is this idea that somehow I am in the camp of 2.0 utopians.

I find this absolutely mystifying, considering almost every one of my research notes talks in excruciating detail about the problems with 2.0/new media/etc.

As I've pointed out in the past, the whole utopian/dystopian argument is a bit silly. There will never be a perfect world, blah, blah.

The real question is: are we all better off, or worse off?

Talking about utopias and dystopias is just a distraction.

Which is exactly why I don't argue either of those perspectives.

-- umair // 2:22 PM // 2 comments


Comments:

I think the discussion is relevant. Neither utopia or dystopia are actually possible, but the tech world's willingness to periodically convince itself otherwise drives a lot of the market excesses in both directions.
// Blogger rafer // 2:00 PM
 

Hey Scott,

I agree 100% the tech exuberance needs to be checked, but to be honest, I think ppl do it with equally excessive visions of dystopia (a la Nick C) - and I just kind of tune out...

Thx for the comment.
// Blogger umair // 3:02 PM
 
 

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