Excessive conformity is a soul killer
In this video, Jaron Lanier talks about how we interact with digital stuff which is primarily in two ways.
The first adds something novel and truly beautiful to the world, like the internet. The second, much like today’s social networks, lures us into a “regimentation scheme,” spawning an incredible wave of conformity that in the long term, restricts us and stops us from inventing ourselves.
Think tweets. Think status updates. While we can’t do without them today, what kind of impact will they have on us in the long term?