Ernest Cline – Confronting the Dangers of Technology in His Books | The Daily Social Distancing Show

Published on December 2, 2020

Author Ernest Cline discusses why diversity is essential in science fiction and how he showcases both the dangers and benefits of technology in “Ready Player Two.” #DailyShow #TrevorNoah #ErnestCline



  • De Reverse Flash 2 months ago

    “If you die in the game, you die for real”

  • Morgan Brandy 2 months ago

    He looks like a hairy Jim Carrey

  • bian WizaBibi 2 months ago

    OMG 😍💋 💝💖❤️

  • Jacqueline S. 2 months ago

    Second Life was around when he wrote that book wasn’t it?

  • John Dwyer 2 months ago

    For profit corporations are always looking for something to sell and what better than something that is addictive? When you give a corporation a financial incentive they will do just about anything to push their product no matter the consequences. Corporations are by their nature sociopathic.

  • Luis Campuzano 2 months ago

    they’re running out of funding, watch their last videos! , this is going to get intense.

  • zengara11 2 months ago

    Not going to lie, the question about anonymity is really handled well. You can get extremely deep on how it actually is portrayed in a game, but he kept it simple and easy to understand. It is just sad that there will be a whole generation missing out on that

  • Grant T 2 months ago

    Literally just got my copy of ready player 2 in the mail 10 min ago

  • Penny Wright 2 months ago

    Dear Trevor and Ernest, Thank you for this great little conversation! I loved “Ready Player One,” and I’m very excited to ready the next one!

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  • CharlieBrew Too 2 months ago

    I believe that Isaac Asimov had written about this subject in the 50’s regarding humans living underground, all contact was virtual, robotic delivery systems for goods and services.

  • randy Deso 2 months ago

    Trevor reads to much 😂😂

  • Torrance Kilcoyne 2 months ago

    I had a hairdresser friend years ago. The day we met, she took one look at me and said, “You’re right-handed.” I was shocked that she knew that with such certainty. Turns out, the way I trimmed my beard gave me away, in that there was a bias to the way I cut. That’s all I could think throughout this entire interview was, “This guy’s right-handed.”

  • Joey Oulvey 2 months ago

    … Now I gotta rewatch Black Mirror lol

  • J Dubs 2 months ago

    A common argument against using technology is this idea of “using it to excess”, but excess is never defined. What is the point where it is considered “excess”?

    I personally think that the main character of Ready Player One became another villain by the end of the movie to replace the old one because he made it so there were days where you couldn’t access your game/entertainment system.

    It’s such a “rich person” view to think that because you are free everyday and can afford to give up those specific days, that everyone must be able to do that too. What if those were the only days someone had time for entertainment? What if using their entertainment system a little everyday WAS someone’s way of not using it to excess, and now that they can’t use it on certain days they will increase the amount they use it on other days and then through that end up “over indulging”. This is common with eating habits; not eating anything in between meals and then over indulging on the next one.

    Who does this guy think he is to force his way onto everyone else as if he were some god that always knew what was best for you. F*ck this guy

  • B. Loren 2 months ago

    Great interview. I’ll def be picking up the book. I had heard of it but didn’t really realize what it was about. Appreciate the diversity as well, that’s awesome. And great points about empathy. 100% agree. And I hope technology in the future will do something about that…

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  • Mélissandre L. 2 months ago

    Yeahhhhh I love Ernest Cline, if you stumble on this comment, RP1 helps me a lot. I listen to it when I’m not feeling well.

  • Gordon Fornow 2 months ago

    I quit watching TV for over 10 years, and I saw how my perceptions eventually differed from most peoples’. I did not have assumptions that others did, which had been instilled from visual media. I have never done FaceBook or any social media, and that makes me almost an outcast. I don’t want to join the Matrix, though.

  • Julia Goodwin 2 months ago

    Personally, I love Ready Player One (I know the issues with it, but I still want to enjoy things without feeling rotten for it).

    Is Ready Player Two any good?


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