This episode is all about influence. What is it? Who has it? Should every voice count equally? Has social media handed P45s to culture’s gatekeepers? Pilloried author Darin Strauss refers to the ‘Wild West’ of the Internet. What does this tell us about his view of the wisdom of crowds? Certainly, when I see some of the bile which masquerades as opinion on YouTube, I share his concern.
Even when comment is positive I feel strongly that it should be sought out and not hurled at unconsulted eyes and ears. That’s why I’m not keen on Radio 3’s newfound tendency to broadcast tweets of the citizenry. I tune in for the transcendent – not the tiresomely quotidian – and I resent the fact that Twiiter accounts give them the right to profane my in-car heaven.
Tech guru Robert Scoble explains how influence is measured.
Sixteen year-old Tavi Gevinson who started the now massive Rookie Mag when she was 11, shows how far authenticity and passion can take you.
Presenter Aleks Krotski keeps a tight rein on all contributions.