Douglas Rushkoff, interviewed by TNI editor Samantha Hinds:
I’m what they call a media ecologist, so I believe in media environments — both explicit ones and implicit ones. So it’s like the lightbulb is a media environment, right? You turn on the lightbulb, and you have a different environment because of that medium. But print is a media environment that encourages certain ways of looking at the world. Television changes us. Internet is a media environment. Somehow our media environment, combined with our economic environment, can really amplify one another’s effects in dangerous ways.
There are times when I hold up my index finger, making sure it doesn’t touch anything, after I’ve cut and copied something on my iPad, as if my finger actually HELD the content I am waiting to paste to another page. It’s then that I realize what a dumb animal humans really are.