Here are a handful of links in case you have some time do a little reading this weekend with a few brief comments to let you know what you’re getting with each. Who knows, maybe I’ll be disciplined enough to make this a weekly feature.
“The Elusive Big Idea” by Neil Gabler in the NY Times: Too much information, too few ideas. Digital media environments are inhospitable to substantive thought. Intellectuals absent from popular culture. We’ve become “information narcissists” and the media feed our folly.
“Digital Humanities Spotlight” by Maria Popova at Brain Pickings: Links to seven high quality digital humanities projects.
“Postmodernism is Dead” by Edward Docx in Prospect: Post-mortem on postmodernism. What was it? still a live question. Conclusion: Now entering “Age of Authenticism.” From the comments: “Age of Commodified Authenticism, rather.” Comments are many and at times lively. Dead or not, postmodernism still seems to raise hackles.
“GPS and the End of the Road” by Ari Schulman in The New Atlantis: An excellent piece ostensibly about GPS technology, but really about the human experience of place drawing on Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, and Walker Percy. Sprawling, but frequently insightful. Enthusiastically recommended.
“The Personal Impact of the Web” from On the Media: This a link to an audio file, although you will find a transcript somewhere on there if you care to read rather than listen. It includes comments from Sherry Turkle, Nicholas Carr, N. Katherine Hayles, Lee Rainie, and more.
Disclaimer: Unless it’s clear from my brief comments, passing on these links should not necessarily be taken as an endorsement.