I’ve linked to The Big Ideas podcast before (see this post on Marshall McLuhan and this post on Hannah Arendt) and this time the podcast is discussing the remarkable work of German media philosopher Friedrich Kittler.
This is a really awesome series that condenses complex ideas into digestible chunks. I’d recommend taking 13 minutes out of your day to listen to this discussion about the man sometimes called the ‘Derrida of the digital age’.
We build the tool to change things, and then the tool changes us.
Interesting piece from the New York Times Bits blog by Quentin Hardy titled How the Internet is ruining everything.
I pulled this quotation out because it’s pithy and because it reminds me of a fantastic musing on this dialectic relationship between technology and humans - Raymond Williams’ Television: Technology and Cultural Form (1974). It’s a must-read if you care about technology.
And as an extra bonus, if you have a spare 88 minutes, check out this video of David Weinberger talking about the thesis of his book in October at the University of Michigan School of Information (links to YouTube):