Sunday, 21 February 2010

The Virtual Revolution: Homo Interneticus?

I just watched a fascinating program on BBC iplayer called The Virtual Revolution: Homo Interneticus?. The program discussed how Facebook, the internet and hyperlinks are altering the way the human brain works, feeding humankind's natural short attention span, and fulfilling our desire to be constantly connected with each other. There are interviews with Mark Zuckerburg, Bill Gates, Tim Berners-Lee, and other important internet people, and also a professor who came up with the recognised theory that humans can have no more than 150 people in their circle of friends. There's insight from Korea as well, where it is suggested that the internet is making Korean kids the smartest in the world, but also creating internet addictions for others. Thoroughly interesting, and echoes many of my thoughts and theories on the internet and human interactivity. Check it out.

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