In 1996, Paulina Borsook wrote a story that, frankly, really pissed me off. In "Cyberselfish," published in Mother Jones and eventually turned into a book, she wrote about how new have-it-your-way technology was creating a generation of spoiled brats with computers. I took umbrage. Not only was I a proud member of the generation she was lambasting (a generation that is now oldschool on the internet, for whatever that's worth), but I had personally observed just the opposite. I witnessed people using new digital tools to collaborate. I saw more selflessness and altruism online than off.
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I think the internet’s core message can be summed up in one word: Share. ❧
An early reference to the sharing economy?
October 04, 2018 at 09:08AM
The last thing most people need is another microphone. They need something to say. (And time to say it.) ❧
Interesting to hear this from 2006 and looking back now…
October 04, 2018 at 09:12AM
Designing for selfishness does not mean abandoning the group good. ❧
October 04, 2018 at 09:14AM
Except that the aggregate selfish behavior of millions of people tagging billions of photos means that the public tag pages make entertaining surfing for everyone. ❧
How can one leverage selfish behaviour to the benefit of all?
October 04, 2018 at 09:15AM