Reading Time: 6 minutes The 2006 documentary Manufactured Landscapes opens with an eight-minute tracking shot of a Chinese factory floor, seemingly endless rows of machinery in a city-sized complex of 17,000 employees. Revisited in Factory City (2012), this industrial zone played into the idea that Asian cultures were more willing than the West to trade humanity for advancement. Yet […]
Reading Time: < 1 minute The complex interplay of energy resource battles amid Russia’s war in Ukraine continues in Europe this week, where 40 percent of Germany’s supply needs began flowing again through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline this Thursday. The initial service break by Russia’s state-owned energy company, Gazprom, was claimed as the result of routine maintenance involving the […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes “Go and play in the garden with a cardboard box.” Boredom was a thing of my youth. And out of it was born inventiveness, inquisitiveness, and creativity. Necessity is the mother of invention and, as a child, I needed a way to entertain myself. After all, I wasn’t going to play with my older sisters. […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes TikTok and YouTube are the same, right? People post videos, and they receive comments. Well, not so fast…
Reading Time: 5 minutes There’s no reason why lawmaking today has to obey the rules of an archaic era. If elected officials embraced technology and did their jobs remotely, government and society would both stand to benefit.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Just as inventions like metal forging and glass-making improve our physical capabilities, morality is a technology that gives us the ability to achieve what no one individual could do alone.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Organisms generally need oxygen to survive and flourish. Certain organisms require more oxygen to reach their peak. In the social media ecosystem, whose habitats include the undrained swamps of the American elite, one apex predator once reigned supreme. And in the misinformation mudslinging and disinformation data-dumping, Trump’s famed Twitter rule came to an abrupt end. […]
Reading Time: 13 minutes There’s a popular myth about a frog that stays in a pot of gradually heating water until it boils to death. It’s not true. The original frog takes a bit longer, but it does hop out. And yet, our fatalist belief in the myth of the dead frog makes a lot more sense after my […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes Like tobacco companies that made their products addictive on purpose, the drive for ever more “engagement” on social media pushes it to appeal to our worst tendencies.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Everyone has their line. Even 4chan, a supposedly “anything-goes platform” that many think is the worst manifestation of the internet, had a line. It was an animated depiction of child pornography, as well as concerted attacks on female journalists and others associated with Gamergate. The result? 8chan was started as an even more “libertarian” vacuum […]