August 5, 2011

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Friday, August 05, 2011

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A special, live broadcast of On the Media. Brooke, Bob, Ethan Zuckerman and other guests on the question: will the internet deliver us or destroy us?

The Personal Impact of the Web

This week OTM brings you our first ever live show - a look at the internet and how it's changing us. First up, what is the net doing to us as individuals? Does it connect us to each other? Or does it degrade our real life social connections? Bob and Brooke hash it out, with help from psychologist Sherry Turkle and net researcher Lee Rainie.

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The Global Impact of the Internet

Is the internet helping to free people from oppressive governments or is it simply giving those authoritarian regimes another way to spy on dissidents?  Ethan Zuckerman from Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society joins Brooke and Bob to discuss the internet’s role — for better or for worse — in uprisings from Iran to Egypt.

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Our Future With Technology

As computers become smarter (and smaller), there's a good chance that in the future, the lines between humans and computers will begin to blur. What does that mean for our essential humanness? Clive Thompson, Jamais Cascio, Jaron Lanier and Ray Kurzweil discuss a future where machines can think like humans and people become one with the web.

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