Webstock '14: Clive Thompson - The new literacies

Clive Thompson

The new literacies

For centuries we mostly used one form of media to express our ideas: Text. But now we’re living in a world where everyday people communicate using media that used to be insanely expensive and industrial — like video, pictures, data, and even 3D objects and video games. So how does that change the *way* we think, and what we think *about*? How will our tools for talking evolve in the future — and how *should* they evolve? In this talk I’ll offer a whirlwind tour of 3,000 years of media, looking at what happens when we take broadcast technologies and turn them into modes of talking to our friends, society, and ourselves.