David Bowie talks about the Future of the Internet in 1999
In 1999, Davide Bowie sat down for a TV interview with BBC host Jeremy Paxman. Bowie explains that if he were a kid of the 1990s he wouldn’t have become a pop star. Instead, Bowie probably would’ve become obsessed with the internet. Why? According to Bowie, that’s where the potentially interesting—chaotic, nihilistic, and truly rebellious—stuff was really happening.
But the interviewer, Paxman, isn’t convinced. Bowie had a back and forth with the interviewer, who at one point says that claims being made for the future of the internet are “hugely exaggerated.” Bowie shoots back with a wallop of sarcasm about people who doubted that things like the telephone would change the world.
“I don’t think we’ve even seen the tip of the iceberg. I think the potential of what the internet is going to do to society, both good and bad, is unimaginable,” Bowie explained to the BBC. “I think we’re actually on the cusp of something exhilarating and terrifying.”
By Matt Novak
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