We pause from issue-focused episodes and try to pull together the threads of the season so far to take a step toward our ethic of technology.
- Donald Trump cannot block critical Twitter users, court rules
- The Lindy effect – John D. Cook on the expected lifetimes of technology:
…if all you know is that a technology has survived a certain amount of time, you can estimate that it will survive about that much longer.
- President Bush’s “can’t get fooled again” gaffe
- “Keep your eyes peeled”
- A Framework for Moderation – Ben Thompson, published two days after we recorded
- After Technopoloy, Alan Jacobs. Stephen to this referred to as “Against Solutionism”—accidentally conflating Jacobs’ piece with a thesis Chris has been mulling on/slowly building an essay around this year. Chris is, uhh, flattered to be confused with Jacobs.
- Jacobs’ other blog posts on solutionism
Things Chris has written related to this episode:
- Friction is the Friend of Serendipity
- “Zuckerberg’s Blindness and Ours” (L. M. Sacasas)—Solutionism is a nasty besetting culture-level sin we barely recognize as such. (riffing on a post by L. M. Sacasas)
- “Free Speech”
…the whole reason we have these arguments — and the reason people tend to think as they do about the “free speech” question in these situations, legally nonsensical or not — is that we have outsourced the vast majority of our public discourse to these private platforms.
- “The Slow Web” and the limits of “solutions” (from the email archive, discussed in more depth in 7.04)
- 2.03: Impervious Scale—The Roman Empire and Friendster Have Things to Say to You
- 6.08: People Do Reject Technologies, Part 2—Nuclear weapons, nuclear waste, and how to argue well with intractable disagreements.
- 7.01: Do We Really Need to Keep the Internet Around?—Season 7’s charter—by way of a rollicking argument about Alan Jacobs’ The Year of Our Lord 1943 and Tolkien’s idea of eucatastrophe.
- The Commuter by Mister Lies
- “Winning Slowly Theme” by Chris Krycho.
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