This example about the resistance of some people to the new invention of the automobile reminds me of Socrates moaning about the propriety or impropriety of writing when he was walking in the Agora with Phaedrus, this is already some millennia ago :-smiley: He was outraged by the idea of teaching people how to write, and he was skeptical about the advantages and more worried about the disadvantages, namely that people would lack the knowledge and only will refer to remembrance, the written text. So I think this is a universal feature of humankind, we resist change because we fear the unknown, and we also need to learn new stuff and put our head to work harder to master this new thing, whatever that is. Imagine in those days when they had to come with a method to teach how to read and write. So the Web and all the changes it has brought about is not different from all these moments in history. And as someone said in the video, it will come and will stay. So what I try to do is to understand this new medium and all that it has to offer so that I can harness the maximum of its potential. That is why I think this hot seat that talks about tech stuff like API and Ducker is so useful! I love it!!
Concerning the silence spiral, my opinion is that people bring their fears and needs to the digital space as we can see. People, it seems the report confirms, need to feel accepted, and they can't cope very well with been perceived as someone who thinks different. The Web or the Internet has amazing potentials to reach far more people, but the people are individuals with all of their limitations, they bring them along no matter what space for discussion they are in. And it seems to me being accepted in a group is a desire of many people!
Seatbelt and airbags are maybe privacy issues, copyright, creative common understanding, open practice ethics. And the cloud system could work as an airbag in case of a big failure? The ducker system might also be seen as an airbag?? I don't know, just throwing some thoughts.