This David Bowie clip from 1999 eerily predicted how we use the internet today

Sanjana Varghese
Friday 08 January 2021 17:25
Showbiz

David Bowie was always incredibly ahead of his time.

Bowie may have passed away in 2016, but his influence lives on. Recently, a clip from an interview he did with MTV in 1983 went viral after he asked the interviewer why they never played any black music videos.

Another clip of him talking about the internet in 1999 resurfaces every couple of months – probably because it’s eerily accurate. In about a minute, he predicts how much of a role the internet ends up playing everyday life, and how little we'll be able to control it.

In the clip, Bowie explains that the Internet ‘is an alien life form’. He says:

I think we’re actually on the cusp of something exhilarating and terrifying.

When the interviewer pushes him on why he has such a specific view of the internet, Bowie explains that the context and content of what we’ll be looking at is going to be very different from what’s happening in 1999.

The interplay between user and provider will be so in sympatico it’s going to crush our ideas of what mediums are all about.

It’s hard not to look around now at what’s happening – like when you get Instagram ads for things you looked at online two weeks ago – and not believe his prediction was almost too close to reality.

In typical Bowie fashion, he adds, “Is there life on mars? Yes, it’s just landed here.”

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