It took me a long time …

jaron-lanier … to finish this interview. I really have to apologize to Jaron. But here we go … finally:What is the motto of your life?You know I never know how to answer questions like this. I feel that I should resist this question because I feel this air that we are in is all about these little summaries and these little tags and I refuse to metatag myself. So I prefer to be misunderstood than to be understood in a trivial way.What was your career aspiration at the age of 6?I don’t really have memories of myself at that age, because my mum died when I was a little older and I simply lost my childhood memories from before that.So let`s talk about web 2.0. What does ist mean to you?It’s just like virtual reality, it’s a marketing term. I have a friend with a publishing and consulting business, who made it up and he’s done very well with it. I means nothing to me in particular. But it’s definitely the best word for investors now. And – since I live in part of the Silicon Valley ecology – I suppose I should be happy about that because it’s the latest version of our story.What are the major changes regarding the internet in the last couple of years? What were the major impacts on society?Obviously, the biggest change is the percentage of people who are involved and the transition from text to image and the commercial models around a mature content. It’s moving very fast. I think in terms of the impact on the society … you know this is where I start to run into differences with a lot of my friends because I feel that my answer to that question shouldn’t be based on theory but on empirical observation.

I think we have some problems that are coming up that I’m troubled by. The first one is the inability of people to consider points of view outside of local belief systems, local to their part of the web, not their place geographically. So for instance, in the United States we have absolute true believers in all sorts of things and they just yell at each other and we’re really almost at the point where it’s impossible to have any conversation. And you can’t blame the internet for this entirely, but you know I think you can blame it for a lot of it … And this is part of the concern of digital maoism thing that I think that we have become mean-spirited to people who disagree with us. I think it’s become just increasingly hard to have a conversation.

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