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Texts. Twitter. Facebook. Instagram. Personal email. Work email. Online news. Wikipedia. Smart phone. Fitbit. Laptop. Desktop. Tethered to gadgets, apps, and services all day, every day, we rarely take a moment to ask if it’s all worth it. Does all this connectivity bring deeper insights, more meaningful relationships, or is it simply more noise?

In this podcast, “Wired” columnist Clive Thompson, author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better, and Canadian Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture Isabel Pedersen as they discuss on value of connectivity and technology on culture in the digital age.

This episode was recorded live at the University of Calgary Downtown Campus on April 27, 2014 and closed the Calgary Festival. It is moderated by Matt Knapik.


Spur is a national festival of politics, art and ideas and is a catalyst for change in Canada.

Through nationally relevant and locally nuanced discussions, presentations and performances, the festival seeks to spur its participants to action on issues affecting Canadians. Feisty, multi-partisan, forward-looking, and solution-driven, this national railway of ideas will provide Canada with vital new cultural infrastructure for the 21st century.

Founded in 2013, the festival has already grown from three to five Canadian cities, with plans for further expansion across the country. Produced by the Literary Review of Canada in partnership with Diaspora Dialogues, Spur prides itself on its community partnerships, cultural connections and a focus on accessibility and diversity.

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