Since I don’t have anything in my “past works” category, I figured it was high time I put something in there before the semester gets into unmanageable no-sleep land. I haven’t put any documentation together for my most recent non-ITP projects (specifically A New Theory of Biology, which was presented at the Chocolate Factory last April). This NY Times review says some nice things I didn’t know about the stuff I make.
Posts Tagged ‘the future’
I really liked the McCluhan reading, the first two chapters from Understanding Media. I was impressed how well he wrote about the impact of media on his contemporary society just as media had become second nature. His ideas of hot media and cool media made me think of how that applies to the central media in our current society. Twitter, of course, or the Internet, or TIVO, or Google Maps, YouTube, Second Life. (more…)
[I have to confess, I wrote a fair swath of this entry after reading just a page or two, and then I read the rest. The subject and setting of this story sparks my brain immediately. I've been thinking about how the future is portrayed in various media since I saw Back To The Future in 1985.]
The 23 page story, The Machine Stops, by E.M. Forster was written in 1909. I’m not surprised by the fact that 100 years have passed and there are still things we, living now, have in common with the essential plot and characters in this story. The human being has not changed much since the ancient Greeks wrote the deus ex machina into their plays as a fail-safe device for characters in trouble.