Talking About a Revolution: The Clue Train Manifesto’s Imprint Ten Years Later
Just over ten years ago, Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger posted The Cluetrain Manifesto where they implored the public to see the Web as far more than a networked shopfest. It was a place where individuals could project and connect their voices in an ongoing conversation free from the “dehumanization of the Mass Age.” Today, Berkman Center co-founder and Harvard Law Professor Jonathan Zittrain will be talking to Doc Searls and David Weinberger about their Manifesto’s legacy. In a talk that will be webcast here, Zittrain will ask how cyberutopianism and Internet exceptionalism fares in the face of online harassment, identity theft, cyber warfare, spam, and Craigslist killers. Can we retain our optimism? Do the Cluetrain lessons (or “theses” as the manifesto described them) and limitations provide insights to addressing current dilemmas? This will be an interesting discussion to be sure.
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