Posts Tagged: Internet
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.
Over at Vela Magazine, Sarah Menkedick discusses her complicated relationship with the endless distraction and instant gratification of the Internet as a writer:
My default instinct is to skew towards the more challenging option, which demands greater discipline and less immediate reward, and so I continue to aim for the longform essay over the viral blog.
After all, a toy boat is hardly its former self after a lifetime at the bottom of the sea. No matter how intact an archive, it can never fully reconstruct the texture and completeness of the original memory.
For Aeon, Alana Massey writes about the long memory of the Internet and the inherent imperfections in archiving every piece of data....more
Wittgenstein explains why discourse on the Internet sucks. And it’s not just because of your crazy uncle.
So, language is quicksand—except it’s not. Unlike the parlor tricks of the deconstructionists who bloviate about différance and traces, there clearly are rules that shouldn’t be broken and clearly ways of speaking that are blatantly incorrect, even if they change over time and admit to flexible interpretations even on a daily basis.
In a new history of the evolution of language, Matthew Battles focuses on humans’ relationship with writing. For Slate, John H. McWhorter argues that Battles’s distinction between the written and spoken word misunderstands how we use the Internet:
Much of the “collective, aphoristic” writing Battles describes would today be termed tweets and posts.
Just when you thought long-form communication was dead. The city of Melbourne gave email addresses to trees, which has incurred an outpouring of love letters and even exchanges between people and their addressee-trees....more