See the full article for perspectives on Jaron Lanier’s new book, “You Are Not a Gadget”
There are two main themes to the book that Mr. Tierney covers in his review. One is the idea of paying for content online and integrating micropayments into the Web to allow a new economic model for content consumption. There is an interesting discussion about this topic over at the TierneyLab blog.
The other notion discussed in the review is Mr. Lanier’s belief that the “drive-by anonymity” allowed by the Web has led to a mean mob mentality — or as Mr. Tierney calls it, “vicious pack behavior on blogs, forums and social networks.”