Friday, April 25, 2008

Edward R. Murrow on computers and communication

One question I've been exploring in these posts is to what extent the features and problems of the web are technical and to what extent they're human. My bias tends to be that the human element is more pervasive than one might think. As usual, though, some else has beaten me to the punch:
The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.

Edward R. Murrow (1964)

Murrow had quite a few interesting things to say about the media, and about life in general. I'll leave you with another choice bit from the same speech:
The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.

1 comment:

David Hull said...

Note to self: That second one.