Samir’s Selection 04/22/2014 (p.m.)
Technology below and beyond
Purging an economic system of its contingencies and investing it with inexorability tends “to generate for most people who don’t benefit from its wealth a feeling of helplessness and for a few people who benefit from it an immense enthusiasm together with a dumbness of the senses.” You get either fatalism or hubris. It strikes me that what [Brian] Latour says about our current conception of economics goes equally well for our current conception of technology…”Resistance is futile”: Depending on who’s speaking, it’s a statement of triumphalism or of defeatism.
The William Wilson effect
“You have conquered, and I yield. Yet henceforward art thou also dead — dead to the world and its hopes. In me didst thou exist — and, in my death, see by this image, which is thine own, how utterly thou hast murdered thyself.”
Marc Andreessen on the “smart people fallacy”
The reality is that our existing knowledge often blinds us to the depth of our own ignorance.
Facebook’s Existential Crisis
But Facebook no longer feels like a place to share updates with friends, catalog your life events or play games with them. The service has introduced and eliminated different designs and focal points of activity so many times over the years that, to me, it is no longer clear what the main site should be used for. For me and most of my friends, it is no longer the primary place people share photos or chat with their friends, or comment on their location.
If it is none of those things, then what, exactly, is Facebook? And what will its purpose be in the future?
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