Posts Tagged: Internet
Check out Deborah Treisman in lively conversation with Lara Vapnyar on the “miracle of a New York City adventure,” the bewitching, wish-granting power of Leonard Cohen’s songs, and Russian immigrants.
Vapnyar’s forthcoming novel, Still Here, explores Russian culture in the US, friendship, and eternal life on the Internet....more
If a link falls on the Internet and no one is online to click it, does it really make a connection? Michael Seidlinger takes on the Sisyphean task of building identity in cyberspace:
We have all become Sisyphus, pushing our rocks up a hill littered with hyperlinks and tweets, perpetually, futilely, refreshing the page of existence.
The New Yorker’s Jill Lepore laments the devaluation of truth in politics with the rise of “big data”:
The era of the fact is coming to an end: the place once held by “facts” is being taken over by “data.” This is making for more epistemological mayhem, not least because the collection and weighing of facts require investigation, discernment, and judgment, while the collection and analysis of data are outsourced to machines.
It seems counterintuitive that technology could facilitate these kinds of humanistic affirmations. That the voices of the oppressed could find not just a home, but an incredibly powerful platform, online. Yet, here we are reaching out, speaking out, and asserting our humanity in ways that could imperil our very lives, offline.
Unplugging is bound to free up some time; spending that time is another matter. After reading Mindful Tech, David M. Levy’s book about how and why we use devices, Matthew J.X. Malady decided to give the simple life a try:
I ran to the store for things we didn’t really need, and watered plants that I previously hadn’t noticed existed.
At the New Yorker, Nathan Heller asks whether or not air travel has become obsolete in a world connected by the Internet and social media (and decides that no, it really hasn’t):
When physical travel cedes to digital exploration, a certain style of discovery falls away.
As the value of an individual book is devalued, so is the self. We are made to feel that it’s only through constant communication with a community that we have any collective power.
How has the immediacy of the Internet changed how we absorb information?...more
Erykah Badu met up with okayplayer.’s program The Questions and the result is a meditation on what participation means in the digital age, among many other things. Watch the interview after the jump....more
James Patterson is giving away $2,000,000 in holiday bonuses to bookstore workers and libraries.
An adults-only sex shop in Anchorage, Alaska is getting remade into an indie bookstore.
Philadelphia’s Hakim’s Bookstore, a landmark African-American shop, is a small business on the brink of closure....more
The Believer interviews Joshua Cohen, author of Book of Numbers. Cohen is currently working on his newest novel, PCKWCK. He talks to The Believer about preparing for writing and the influence of the Internet on the literary world:
First of all, there’s the rate of production that the Internet demands: this gaping maw that just wants content.