Cory Leonard

Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen:”The New Digital Age”s Futurist Schlock | New Republic

In tech on June 2, 2013 at 3:16 am

 

My favorite anti-tech guy, Evgeny Morozov in TNR takes on the Google dynamic duo with his gloves off, tackling “Panglossian” techno-worship and what he regards as the “superficial and megalomaniacal” book.  Its like Wired magazine with the hyperdrive stuck in reverse.

In the simplicity of its composition, Schmidt and Cohen’s book has a strongly formulaic—perhaps I should say algorithmic—character. The algorithm, or thought process, goes like this. First, pick a non-controversial statement about something that matters in the real world—the kind of stuff that keeps members of the Council on Foreign Relations awake at their luncheons. Second, append to it the word “virtual” in order to make it look more daring and cutting edge. If “virtual” gets tiresome, you can alternate it with “digital.” Third, make a wild speculation—ideally something that is completely disconnected from what is already known today. Schmidt and Cohen’s allegedly unprecedented new reality, in other words, remains entirely parasitic on, and derivative of, the old reality.

via Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen:”The New Digital Age”s Futurist Schlock | New Republic.

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