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Specters of Ludd – A Review of Gavin Mueller’s “Breaking Things at Work”

A specter is haunting technological society—the specter of Luddism. Granted, as is so often the case with hauntings, reactions to this specter are divided: there are some who are frightened, … Continue reading

October 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Plague Poems – The Eighty-Third Week

It is not that you are living in fear. But that even after so many months you are still living in a pandemic. * We are eager for the pandemic … Continue reading

October 20, 2021 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Eighty-Second Week

It would be inaccurate to claim that the decline in new cases and the decline in daily deaths will mean that we shall stop paying attention to the pandemic. Such … Continue reading

October 15, 2021 · 1 Comment

Imagine the End of Facebook

“On the one hand the computer makes it possible in principle to live in a world of plenty for everyone, on the other hand we are well on our way … Continue reading

October 7, 2021 · 75 Comments

Plague Poems – The Eighty-First Week

If you must name the current season do us all a favor and refer to it as the autumn thus may we enjoy the crispness in the air and the … Continue reading

October 6, 2021 · 1 Comment

Librarian Was My Occupation – Remembering the Occupy Wall Street People’s Libary

In the fall of 2011, the angry shout of “we are the 99%!” could be heard echoing in localities big and small across the US. The movement had seemed to … Continue reading

September 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Plague Poems – The Eightieth Week

You need not know the exact number or the statistical details that will allow you to place that first number into a broad historic or population sized context for you … Continue reading

September 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Seventy-Ninth Week

So you did not finish writing the novel you were going to write. So you neglected the sourdough starter you were going to bake with. So the weights You were … Continue reading

September 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Seventy-Eighth Week

At the start of every month I tell myself that this is the month in which the pandemic will finally come to an end. Of course I know that I … Continue reading

September 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

Don’t Fall for Facebook’s Trojan Horse

“What we use is not ours simply because we use it.” – Erich Fromm “With the release of its own smart glasses last week, Facebook seems to have learned from … Continue reading

September 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

Plague Poems – The Seventy-Seventh Week

Fortunately, I am not religious for if I were a believer I imagine that the sight of the four horsemen trotting back and forth across the headlines week after week … Continue reading

September 9, 2021 · 2 Comments

The Climate of Despair – Climate Change, COVID-19, and the Feeling of Impending Doom

“It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us.” – Walter Benjamin   Whenever the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issues … Continue reading

September 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

Plague Poems – The Seventy-Sixth Week

No matter how ardent is your attempt you will never succeed in keeping a hurricane from making landfall by standing alone on the beach and blowing at the sky. * … Continue reading

September 1, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Seventy-Fifth Week

Of course we know that there are events occurring in the world other than the plague but that does not mean that we can blithely ignore the plague. * Prometheus … Continue reading

August 27, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Seventy-Fourth Week

How distressing it is to be reminded that this wretched pandemic is not the only worsening catastrophe in which we are embroiled. * We can howl with grief. We can … Continue reading

August 20, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Seventy-Third Week

How exhausting it is to begin your week knowing that by week’s end the situation will have become even more dire. And how exhausting it is when you come to … Continue reading

August 13, 2021 · 2 Comments

Technological Lessons from the Pandemic

“The public be damned is the private motto of the majority of our citizens: which means that they are damning themselves; and at a serious crisis like the present one, … Continue reading

August 5, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Seventy-Second Week

I would not be so bold as to now predict exactly how much longer the plague will last for I will admit that it has already lasted longer (much longer) … Continue reading

August 4, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Seventy-First Week

My father (who missed us) keeps looking at the familyassembled together hereand proudly declaring that“we all got through this”because I know how worriedhe has beenbecause I know how worriedhe still … Continue reading

July 29, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Seventieth Week

At long last it is time to admit it: the alarmists were right to be so alarmed. * Death is inevitable so too are virusesbut that this virushas killed so … Continue reading

July 22, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Sixty-Ninth Week

We celebrate with the greatest intensity when we suspect that we have little cause to celebrate. * How very unfortunateare thosewho can act as thoughthis last yearnever happened. How very … Continue reading

July 15, 2021 · 2 Comments

Theses on Technological Pessimism

We fly over the mountains As though there was nothing to it Great are the works of humans! But bread for all? We can’t do it. Child, ask why Can … Continue reading

July 8, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Sixty-Eighth Week

You do not need to say that we are not ready for the challenges that await us for there is ample evidence that we are not ready for the challenges … Continue reading

July 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Sixty-Seventh Week

That things have improved does not mean that from this point forward they can only keep improving progress requires maintenance we worked to get here should we become idle we … Continue reading

July 2, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Sixty-Sixth Week

Stop being foolish things cannot go back to how they once were for you cannot now go back to confidently believing that your society is impervious to a pandemic. * … Continue reading

June 25, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Sixty-Fifth Week

When I speak to my friends in other countries about how I can now go about maskless and gather with others they look at me with envy. When I speak … Continue reading

June 18, 2021 · 2 Comments

Theses on Techno-Optimism

“If you fall in love with a machine there is something wrong with your love-life. If you worship a machine there is something wrong with your religion.” – Lewis Mumford … Continue reading

June 10, 2021 · 8 Comments

Plague Poems – The Sixty-Fourth Week

We devotesingle daysto rememberingso that we can devotemost daysto forgetting. * Perhaps in some future yearwe shall commemorate the plague’s victimswith a weekend saleon tires and clothes. * I confessI … Continue reading

June 9, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Sixty-Third Week

My apologies I do not wish to ruin your week when it has only just begun but as you remove your mask and bask in the idea of a return … Continue reading

June 4, 2021 · 2 Comments

Burn it All – a Review of “Your Computer is on Fire”

It often feels as though contemporary discussions about computers have perfected the art of talking around, but not specifically about, computers. Almost every week there is a new story about … Continue reading

May 27, 2021 · 2 Comments

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