David Weinberger on Reboot_D – Digital Democracy

In preparation for Reboot_D – Digital Democracy – I had a brief interview with David Weinberger yesterday. David will be SKYPED in at Reboot_D to continue the discussion …

Our topics – thanks to Martin Lindner have been:

“Transparency is the new Objectivity”

(1) You have coined the slogan “Transparency is the new Objectivity”, and added that the digital media are enabling us to lay open not only “objective results” but instead give us insight into a whole rich process that is leading to certain results, or political standpoints.
Could you explain that further?

(2) Your transparency-quote has been aimed at the claim for objectivity of the media. Beyond the media, what would be the consequences for a new web-driven “digital democracy” if we would try to design an ecosystem of web applications in that spirit?

(3) “Information Overload”
– But at the same time this principle of transparency seems to lead to a kind of “Information Overload”, as the never-ending RSS reader crisis of the web avant-gardists is constantly reminding us …

How do you think can a web-driven “Digital Democracy” save that problem? And not only for digitalliterates, but for the mainstream too?

– You once said something like: “The solution to Information Overload? More Information! (But in different forms and different channels.” How would that work? What would be the consequences for “citizen experience design” in Democracy 2.0-applications?

(4) Conversation, Voices, and the Crisis of Representation
– In Germany, we seem to have a crisis of representation. Citizens are not really feeling represented by politicians anymore. They don’t really know how to communicate. Can you envision new, technology-enabled forms of a “political conversation”?

(5) Third Places
– It has been said that the “Third Places” have been dying out, that is, all the places where would people would gather and informally meet between the workplace and the private home.

– Can the Web in some way take the function of these “Third Places”? Does it privide a space for the “Big Murmur” of the crowds that is a precondition of more specific democratic discourse and discussions?

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