I stumbled into cyberspace a long time ago and have been a participant observer ever since . I write books and blogs and teach and speak . On my way to doing all that communicating, I seem to do a fair amount of hunting, gathering, and alchemy -- that is, transforming what I hunt and gather into something of value to someone else. In the olden days, I wrote about a slice of life in my virtual community , so now I am reslicing my life by trying to capture some of the intertwingled online and offline stuff via video. I'm definitely still in amateur mind, which is where I think most of us are in the video vernacular that seems to be bubbling up.
Remarkably generous with his time, considering that he was in the early stages of one of the most important social media platforms of the current era, Biz Stone spent time talking to my Social Media class at UC Berkeley in the Spring of 2009 -- and went out to dinner with us afterward! This 33 minute video was captured by a student, multimedia journalist Martin Ricard.
In contrast to contemporary arguments that using the web is making people and culture dumber and shallower, Andy Clark advocates the idea that knowledgeable use of digital media might, as Doug Engelbart put it, raise the collective IQ of cultures and extend the minds of individuals.
On August 18, 2010, I had the great honor of entertaining Doug Engelbart and his wife Karen and Ted Nelson and his wife Marlene at my home. It isn't a high-production-values video, but they are such interesting people in person that I thought I'd share a little bit of the magic with the world. It felt like having Newton and Galileo over for dinner.