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What it means to own different kinds of technology

I guess most people own at least one pair of shoes, and some people own other kinds of technology for mobility — such as bicycles or cars. Many many different kinds of technology exist, and owning each particular technology has a particular kind of significance. For example: owning a bicycle means that the owner values… Continue reading What it means to own different kinds of technology

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Literacy Study: The smug smile

I have been puzzling about this topic quite a bit — while the idea first came to me gradually, then in spurts, in the end what puzzled me most was how to frame it. There are probably innumerable approaches I could take — for example, how people sometimes talk about “reading a room”, “reading a… Continue reading Literacy Study: The smug smile

Infrastructure is a Historical Context that Can Span Several Centuries

Having become somewhat mindless and numb over the past few days, when I awoke this morning I had pretty much no significant topics swirling around in my brain. 😐 No worry — mainstream media came to the rescue! But first let me backtrack a little to the foundations … literally. Infrastructure is a part of… Continue reading Infrastructure is a Historical Context that Can Span Several Centuries

The Social Construction of Publishing

In my opinion there is not actually just one construct of publishing, I discern at least two such social constructs — perhaps there are even more, but let’s start with the one most people are already somewhat familiar with. Authors. Blank pages. Pens, ink blots and such. Today, maybe desktop PCs — or sitting in… Continue reading The Social Construction of Publishing

Natural Languages & Linguistic Empathy — a First Essay on the Impact of Phenomena such as Presence, Awareness and Focus on Social Cohesion

To begin, I wish to contextualize my writing of this chapter within so-called “real world” history. I normally try to remain aloof from engaging with ephemeral inkstains on cheesecloth, but since this very chapter is actually sort of antithetical to the so-called “real world” views of most propaganda industries, I think it is perhaps useful… Continue reading Natural Languages & Linguistic Empathy — a First Essay on the Impact of Phenomena such as Presence, Awareness and Focus on Social Cohesion

Infinity vs URL

How many specks of dust are there in the universe? Very very many. Is each speck of dust unique? Perhaps, maybe, I don’t know. Vast is a quite short word, yet it spans such breadth, so many cases, across the universe. This little four-letter word almost extends beyond the outer reaches of human intellect itself.… Continue reading Infinity vs URL

Writing (by Machines for Humans)

At the conclusion of Chapter 2 (“Relationships and Things“), we considered the question of whether languages might be interpreted across species. Now I want to consider whether a particular kind of language can be used for communication between humans and machines. Let me give you the answer right at the outset: such languages are already… Continue reading Writing (by Machines for Humans)