“While it is not new for technology to mediate our relationship to death, the interactivity and public-ness of in-memoriam profiles is distinctly novel.”
“Podcasts and other forms of ‘parasocial’ media reframe friendship as monetized self-care.
“Screenshots are also proof of memory — proof that I was there, online at a moment in time.”
On the visible and invisible systems that connect our homes to the outside world — and that bring injustice, power imbalances, and the labor of others into our private spheres.
Anatomical models for medical education are based on “average” bodies, which means they actually represent no one at all — and therefore produce less-skilled physicians.
With the help of Grand Funk Railroad, Rob Horning collates some recent attempts to grapple with the nature and possibility of being authentic on the internet, in politics, and in politics on the internet.
Don’t joke about the black Egyptian sarcophagus unleashing a plague that will kill us all, because the next pandemic is heading for us.
The world as platform: In Amazon’s dream universe, we’re all customers by virtue of existing.
“Off-peak” lifestyle evangelists insist on the value of being untimely, but their lifestyle depends on the rest of us staying regimented.