News Irony: This 1999 video of British composer David Bowie predicting the future of the internet is a joke | via PesaCheck | Jan 2023

The video on Facebook purports to show a 1999 interview with British songwriter David Bowie that predicted the Internet’s bleak future is ironic.

“David Bowie Predicts Internet’s Impact on Newsnight (1999). Watch to the end,” reads a post that accompanies the video.

The video occasionally cuts to showrunner Jeremy Paxman, capturing his facial expressions.

“I don’t think we’ve even seen the tip of the iceberg. I think the impact of the Internet on society, both good and bad, is unimaginable,” Bowie began.

“It’s just a tool now, isn’t it,” Paxman interjected.

“No, it’s more than that. For example, I think in the future, we will waste hours of time watching cute videos of cats and dogs. We will share these videos with our friends. Our friends will respond, not in words , but with a row of cartoon smiley faces. We call it progress.”

Bowie continued: “Also, we can’t watch any of these videos without skipping the ad first. The ad will be tailored to your internet viewing habits, although for some reason it’s always about something you’d never Disgusting oatmeal to buy…and there will be far right groups spreading misinformation about immigration on these social media sites that will then be shared by our own family members.”

The songwriter, who died in 2016, appeared on bbc A 1999 talk show called “News Night,” which the broadcaster shared on YouTube in 2022.In an interview, the music icon talks to bbc Jeremy Paxman. He also talked about what he sees as the impact of the Internet.

However, in the original video, Bowie wears his natural hair, but in the satirical video, the character impersonating him appears to be wearing a wig.

Legit video of David Bowie (left) versus a parody version (right).

imitate video Originally released in 2022 by British comedian Michael Spicer. Spicer is known for his satirical video shows, next room.

Satire video begins with real version of Bowie interview bbc Captured at 9:46 and Paxman’s interjection. But that’s about all the similarities between the two videos.

Bowie never said anything about far-right groups, emojis or targeted advertising that the satirical video claimed had misinformation on social media.

Instead, Bowie was more concerned with the impact of the internet on music. “The internet is an alien life form. I’m talking about the reality, the state of content will be very different from anything we can really imagine at the moment when the interaction between users and providers will be so seamless,” Bowie said.

“The idea that the work isn’t finished until the audience comes to it and add their own interpretation of the artwork is the gray space in the middle. The gray space in the middle is what the 21st century is all about,” the music icon added.

Also, unlike the satirical video, Paxman interjected several times in the original video.

PesaCheck examined a video shared on Facebook purporting to be a 1999 interview with British songwriter David Bowie predicting the internet’s bleak future and found it ironic.

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