E49 Virginia Heffernan: The Internet As Art

So this was one of the most fun podcasts I've done to date even though it took us an age to get to the topic of the podcast! If you enjoy this episode you might also like my chat with internet sceptic, Andrew Keen, which you can check out here. Dave

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I’ve read books and think pieces about the internet but none have come close to describing the web’s awesome yet terrifying power as well as Magic And Loss by Virginia Heffernan. Heffernan, who has been described as “...one of the mothers of the internet.“, views the web as a massive work of art that encourages speed, wit, and versatility.

Virginia’s work sidesteps the cliches rife in analysis of online life (decreased attention spans, trolls, obsession with appearance, addiction etc) by taking a highly original, and at times searingly personal, account of the web’s rules, aesthertics, and values.

Some of the topics covered in our conversation were;

  1. The recent US election and the role social media may have played in it’s outcome.
  2. The fact that the web is now a part of our humanity, an expression of it, rather than merely an addendum to it.
  3. How virtual reality may create a deeper desire for real-world experience.
  4. A lot of what we think os as new, isn’t; self-portraits, memes, pithy wisdom, the use of symbols to express ideas etc.
  5. The hipster revolt.
  6. How hard it is keeping up with young people in whatsapp groups.
  7. Virginia tells us some of her favourite internet things and places.

It was great talking to Virginia and I hope to have her back on the show soon. Inspiring listening, Dave.

You can check out Virginia's website here. You can follow her on twitter here. GO BUY HER BOOK HERE. Watch her talk about Magic And Loss here.
If you enjoy this episode you might also like my chat with internet sceptic, Andrew Keen, which you can check out here.

It's good to talk

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