The Cold Logic of Drunk People

At a bar in France, researchers made peo­ple answer ques­tions about phi­los­o­phy. The more intox­i­cat­ed the sub­ject, the more util­i­tar­i­an he or she was like­ly to be.

Why the Printed Book Will Last Another 500 Years

Vinyl record stores now func­tion like antique shops; you can find them, sure, but what they offer is most­ly nos­tal­gia for a for­mat that’s no longer rel­e­vant.

Why should books prove to be dif­fer­ent? my ratio­nal brain asked my roman­tic brain. Shut up shut up shut up shut up, my roman­tic brain told my ratio­nal brain.

How the digital economy is making us gleaners again

The econ­o­my that the dom­i­nant online plat­form monopolies—familiar names like Face­book, Google, Über, and TaskRabbit—incline us toward is one in which we tread for our liveli­hoods on land we nei­ther own, nor are employed to cul­ti­vate, nor mean­ing­ful­ly con­trol.

language after the writing machine

Even annoy­ing makes echoes. I would like to make the argu­ment that the pro­lif­er­a­tion of gen­er­a­tive text (inside of spam fold­ers, but also in games, bots in social spaces, sub­ti­tled mate­ri­als, the list goes on) pro­vides a foun­da­tion­al plat­form for new shifts in human lan­guage to occur. As a cul­ture we have learned how to under­stand and to com­mu­ni­cate with these writ­ing machines, even if it is not always a cog­nizant shift.