Internet guru Clay Shirky, author of “Here Comes Everybody” and “Cognitive Surplus” explains that once upon a time, culture were so inherently participatory that you didn’t need a special phrase to describe it.

An optimist, Clay explains in the conversation below how we’re using the freedom of the Internet to come back together, in real life.

What impact will this technological evolution have on our lives, our relationships, our communities? Ryerson University, the Digital Media Zone, and the RTA School of Media have joined forces to find out with Rdigitalife, a new interview series that examines the intersection of technological innovation and the human experience. Produced and hosted by Ramona Pringle, Rdigitalife takes a deeper look at the myths and realities of life in the digital age, exploring the ethics, possibilities, and repercussions of our increasingly connected lives.

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