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A Seemingly Infinite Prairie of Possibility
Topic: Technology 8:16 am EST, Feb 24, 2012

Jesse Darling:

If you want to know about the halcyon years of the World Wide Web, ask one of the elders and they'll tell you that the wild frontier once consisted of a few scrappy settlements, pitched in rickety code, on a seemingly infinite prairie of possibility. "Not like now," they'll tell you, sadly, and shake their heads at what became of it all: the great digital dream of libertarian net-autonomy replaced by a monopoly of mall-like social-media platforms, where the kids all hang out in their outlandish avatars, talking to one another in a broken argot of phonetics and hieroglyphs. A generation of users, whose addiction mutates and proliferates each day anew. Seeking novel strains of viral data with which to feed its own sickness, it chews on itself for days before regurgitating its own guts in a feedback loop of 24-bit RGB rainbows.

David Cronenberg:

A lot of filmmaking in America is nostalgia filmmaking, trying to recapture what you loved as a kid.

Tom Cheshire:

Tumblr is growing up, fast: the site expanded its user base by 900 per cent in the year to June 2011. In 2010, it served under two billion monthly page views; now, it generates about 14 billion, more than Wikipedia or Twitter.

On average, a Tumblr post gets reblogged nine times.

John Donovan:

Over the past five years, AT&T's wireless data traffic has grown 20,000%.

Plan UK:

The advert uses facial recognition software with an HD camera to determine whether a man or woman is standing in front of the screen, and shows different content accordingly.

Men and boys are denied the choice to view the full content in order to highlight the fact that women and girls across the world are denied choices and opportunities on a daily basis due to poverty and discrimination.

Patrick Haggard:

We feel we choose, but we don't.

Ed Fletcher:

Burning Man Struggles With Immigration Reform

Richard Thaler:

In using lotteries to motivate it is important to get the details right.

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