In Letters From Lake Como: Explorations in Technology and the Human Race, written in the 1920’s, Romano Guardini, related the following experience: “I recall going down a staircase, and suddenly, when my foot was leaving one step and preparing to set itself down on another, I became aware of what I was doing. I then … Continue reading The Interrupted Self
In 2015, former Google and Uber engineer, Anthony Levandowski, founded a nonprofit called Way of the Future in order to develop an AI god and promote its worship. The mission statement reads as follows: “To develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to … Continue reading Idols of Silicon and Data
A few months ago I noted a handful of recent articles that cited Walter Ong’s work on orality and literacy in an effort to make sense of the present political climate. I thought then and still think now that this was a good move. In fact, I think we do well to revisit Ong’s work not only … Continue reading The Psychodynamics of Digital Media
Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a short story, “The Birthmark,” in which a young “man of science” named Aylmer marries a beautiful young woman named Georgiana. Georgiana was nearly perfect in Aylmer’s eyes, nearly perfect save for a small hand-shaped birthmark on her cheek. As the story unfolds, Aylmer conceives of a scheme whereby he might remove the … Continue reading The Deforming Gaze We Encounter On Social Media
Eight provocations about social media for your consideration.