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.
Today the Church of Euthanasia website is still up and serves as an archive, although the church itself is gone. Its aggressive campaign against the existence of humanity never caught on, but you can say this for the group: In falling apart, at least they practiced what they preached.
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.
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.
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.