The Networked Will

Time Magazine has named its person of the year for 2006. And it’s You.

Says Time:

“(2006 was) a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes”

Echoes of Marx and Rousseau here, what with the masses seizing control of the means of production and every community participant contributing to the greater ‘general will’ (Digital Maoism, anyone?).

So do you feel special? Or are we all just lost in one big voice, indivisible from the whole?

The traditional rules still remain – the passionate and interesting are listened to, whilst the mundane and irrelevant are ignored – it’s just that now, everyone has a fair chance to create and to make themselves heard.

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4 Responses to “The Networked Will”

  1. mediawasp Says:

    Flickr is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. Not sure if that has anything to do with the Time article though.

  2. mediawasp Says:

    And also, if cameras were invented which had nasal-sensory units built into them, so for example, if you took a photo of some food, the smell would also be captured. That would just be so amazing. Again, this has nothing to do with the Time article. Sorry.

  3. greencan Says:

    So everyone is going to be able to tell their grandchildren they were Time’s “Person of the Year” in 2006 years from now.

  4. Doug Says:

    MW – try this to enhance your flickr love: http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/ (via Russell). And I think you should try and develop your smellcam idea. It’s genius.

    Greencan – oh yes. Finally, something to be proud of 😉

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