Serendipity, Sex and Privacy with Aleks Krotoski

Aleks Krotoski

Aleks Krotoski

Off The Wall Post are joined by journalist, academic, presenter of Radio 4’s Digital Human and host of Guardian Tech Weekly podcastAleks Krotoski to discuss the topics of her forthcoming book: Untangling The Web.

Listen to the podcast now – just press play:

In the podcast Aleks suggests that the only real changes the web has brought upon humanity are those around attitudes towards Sex and Privacy – that stuff will never be the same again. The rest of the great internet show is just business as usual for mankind on a different platform. (Read more of Aleks’ work on the book on the Untangling The Web tumblr.)

But there’s a sense that serendipity is the real issue – how does it work or even survive in the digital age? So much an issue, that Aleks has built a machine – The Serendipty Engine – to illustrate the mechanics of Google’s search engine processes in the real world. Hear all about it here before you read it in Wired in September!

In other news, Kat highlights Pointer Pointer, a brilliant use of images from the web; Dan advises you to watch Between Two Ferns (from Funny or Die) and investigate the amazing PolitWoops, which publishes the deleted tweets of polititians.

All this and the latest attrocious Wanky Words from New Media and the crisis in the Eurozone…

Let us know what you think: tweet us @offthewallpost; Post on our Facebook page; leave a comment below.

NB: Barry’s gutted he missed this episode and so are we. Barry sends his love and will be back next week!

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