I was lucky enough to attend Third Tuesday in Ottawa last week. It took place on a Friday! That’s because the very special guest speaker was Jeff Jarvis, noted journalist, author, professor and Dell Hellguy.
He was in Ottawa as part of his tour to launch his new book Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves How we Work and Live. He gave a compelling talk to the sold-out crowd gathered at Maxwells on Elgin Street. Joe Thornley tweeted that the crowed was ‘spellbound’, and I’d agree with that.
“Privacy has many, many advocates,” Jarvis told the crowd. “I think privacy is in good hands. We’re so fearful about privacy these days that we might lose some of the benefits of the Gutenberg press.” Instead, he said that people should embrace the many benefits of “publicness”.
The premise of his new book is that social media helps us connect and strengthen relationship while it educates and knocks down prejudice.
Jarvis was definitely preaching to the choir, as the folks who turned up seemed to agree and hung on his every word. I’m glad I was among them.
- Jeff Jarvis reveals his Public Parts (journomel.com)
- A New Way To Think About Privacy (twistimage.com)
- In ‘Public Parts’ Jeff Jarvis Reveals That He Doesn’t Have Much of a Filter (Review) (popmatters.com)