David Byrne, writing for the MIT Technology Review:
For us as a society, less contact and interaction—real interaction—would seem to lead to less tolerance and understanding of difference, as well as more envy and antagonism. As has been in evidence recently, social media actually increases divisions by amplifying echo effects and allowing us to live in cognitive bubbles. We are fed what we already like or what our similarly inclined friends like (or, more likely now, what someone has paid for us to see in an ad that mimics content). In this way, we actually become less connected—except to those in our group.
In a similar vein to yesterday’s post, David Byrne also has some thoughts on a world shaped by technology. The possibility of a world with even less human interaction is a scary thought.
I aim to acknowledge the unhappiness created by technology and propose humanism to ward off technocratic tyranny and to discover what technological happiness might be.
Leigh’s inquiry into technology and humanity, and his personal reflections on his role in this “technocratic tyranny” is compelling. It’s well researched and written, and I agree – we need to re-orientate ourselves to humanist perspectives.
The Guardian reports:
Robert Pirsig, author of the influential 1970s philosophical novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, has died at the age of 88.
I’m late to post this, partly because I jumped right back in and re-read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance for the third of fourth time. And after doing so, I still wanted to acknowledge his passing.
I love Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance for a number of reasons. The autobiographical story about a man who takes a motorcycle trip with his boy is a great story by itself. I’m also fascinated by his intellectual ideas around the unification of spiritual feeling and technological thought. And, the use of a first-person narrative, which is used to unfold the meanings of the book, is brilliant.
I’m sure that after a period of failing health that … “things are better now. You can sort of tell these things.”