My Keynote Talk on the Web, Global Culture, and Monumental Screw-ups – Now on YouTube

Update: welcome to everyone popping over from my Peru travelogue on

And if you imagine your group would want me to come by and speak, here’s who you want to call.

Last year I was asked by Web Directions North, a gathering of assorted bigshots from Google, Yahoo!, etc. — people who literally convene to design the Internet itself — to deliver a closing keynote on the future of the Internet’s influence on global culture and politics.

Naturally, my take was illustrated with people dancing in the streets, teenage males being given fake boobs, and coffee made from civet poop.  I’m happy to tell you it got a long standing ovation.

You can see the whole talk online here.  It’s broken into bite-size pieces, organized loosely by the point I’m making, each about the length of a pop song.  If you dig the chunk above, click to the YouTube page with the whole shebang.