Threads Futures

Interview with Richard Ling


Here Rich Ling talks about the impact of confirmation bias in light of the smartphone. He talks at length about the distribution and dissemination of information from pasts, presents, and futures perspectives. Ling explains how catalytic innovations, such as the printing press, allowed for the increase in literacy and the spread of knowledge.

Rich Ling is the Shaw Foundation Professor of Media Technology, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is interested in investigating the social consequences of mobile communication and how the mobile phone and mobile communication have affected social structures. For the past 25 years he has been active in researching issues associated with new information communication technology and society with a particular focus on mobile telephony.