It’s easy to believe that the internet has already demonstrated its disruptive capabilities by pointing to everything from the transformation of the audience to publishers and the rise of disinformation. However disruptive these changes are, they are mainly uses of technology to do things we were already doing — just doing it more easily and efficiently. Real disruption — the invention of entirely new processes and approaches — could take years, decades, even centuries to manifest, according to Jeff Jarvis in his new book, “The Gutenberg Parentheses”. But we are starting to see early examples, and TikTok is the platform on which they are appearing. We’ll share these examples, and provide more insight into Jarvis’s book, in this short midweek episode.
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Special thanks to Jay Moonah for the opening and closing music.
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