The 2nd column in my series on digital culture ran on page 7 of this week’s Auroran. You can read it here:
The focus of this piece was on how ubiquitous digital culture has become and how differently it is viewed across the generational divide.
The latter point was highlighted this weekend when during NBC’s coverage of the Olympics fuddy duddy anchor Meredith Vieira displayed her ignorance as to one of the founders of the internet : Sir Timothy Berners-Lee. You can watch the clip here:
Sir Timothy Berners-Lee OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA has been the recipient of several international awards. As the letters following his name indicate he is a Fellow of the Royal Society, was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth, awarded the Order of Merit. In 2009 he was elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences. The rest of his bio can be found here:
This isn’t the first time NBC’s anchors have demonstrated how out of touch they are with reality, back in 1994 Bryant Gumbel asked during a segment “What is internet anyway?”. Even more pathetic was in the same clip Katie Couric confesses she didn’t know what an “@” was:
I’m relieved in the knowledge that with the increasing number of things being digitized there’s one thing that will be left out, and that is fuddy-duddyness.
My next column will tackle the subject of the digital revolution that is enveloping television, and how rapidly people are embracing it and cutting cable from their homes.
Stay Tuned, just not to NBC.