Winning Slowly

There are plenty of podcasts that will tell you how the latest tech gadget or “innovation” will affect the tech landscape tomorrow, but there aren’t that many concerned with the potential impact of that tech in a decade—much less a century. In a culture obsessed with now, how can we make choices with a view for tomorrow, next year, and beyond? 25–35-minute episodes released the first and third Wednesdays of the month.


episode 5: 8.05: The Postmodern Condition—Examined

The Postmodern Condition, Jean–François Lyotard

Lyotard’s postmodernism, the politics of power, and aesthetics: what do we keep and what do we reject?

Show Notes Errata

Chris, because he was slightly sick, forgot that although we were recording in February, the episode was coming out in March. This threw off everything we said about dates for the rest of the episode. Whoops!

(The book schedule is adjusted accordingly below.)

Things mentioned on the show
  • “Information wants to be free”
  • The Year of Our Lord 1943, Alan Jacobs, which we discussed in 7.01: Do We Really Need to Keep the Internet Around?
  • Simone Weil
  • Jacques Ellul
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn
  • From Chris’ newsletter, quoting and discussing Elizabeth Eisenstein’s note on learning: Across the Sundering Seas 2020 #07
  • Richard Dawkins
  • Apophatic theology and via negativa
Upcoming books
  • April: The Age of Spiritual Machines, Ray Kurzweil
  • May: Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton (and the movie!)
  • June: Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness, Simone Brown
  • “Gizmo” by Camel Power Club
  • “Winning Slowly Theme” by Chris Krycho.

Many thanks to the people who help us make this show possible by their financial support! This month’s sponsors:

  • Daniel Ellcey
  • Douglas Campos
  • Jake Grant
  • Marnix Klooster
  • Spencer Smith

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