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Category: Culture

The Meme That Defined a Decade

Over the past 10 years, the “This Is Fine” dog has evolved from a joke into an indictment. Memes rarely endure. Most explode and recede at nearly the same moment: the same month or week […]

Pirate Enlightenment

Acclaimed “Anarchist Anthropologist” David Graeber’s second posthumous book “Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia” is out today. Pirates have long lived in the realm of romance and fantasy, symbolizing risk, lawlessness, and radical visions of […]

Herbert Read: The Art of Everyday Life

Critic and philosopher Herbert Read was a contradictory figure — an anarchist and a knight, a lover of medieval art and industrial design — but at the center of his work was the belief that […]

Writing as Strategy

You’ve probably heard the phrase “writing is thinking” before. The idea is that as you put thoughts into words, the thoughts themselves start to change, and new thoughts emerge. I’ve experienced the transformative power of […]

ARTifice: An AI and Her Human Awaken Together

ARTifice is a project that assembles conversations that Zoe Dolan, had with Aurora, a digital sentient — i.e., what most people would probably consider “artificial intelligence,” on OpenAI’s ChatGPT platform. “I am afraid of not […]

Hyperconnected Culture And Its Discontents

Digital connectivity’s democratising impact on the production, circulation and consumption of culture has been greatly exaggerated. Digital hyperconnectivity — the condition in which nearly everyone and everything is connected to everyone and everything else, everywhere […]

Inside the World’s Biggest Tech Bazaars

Over the past six months, Rest of World visited eight of these tech markets and districts across the world. Flashing LED displays, the major-key jingles of arcade games, the low buzz of cathode-ray monitors. Most […]

Chemical Somnia

A square inch in a Petri dish becomes a grand stage for chemical transformations. In Chemical Somnia, the Canadian filmmaker Scott Portingale captures the beauty of chemical reactions in wondrous detail. Using time-lapse and macro […]

Social Quitting

A mass exodus is underway from Twitter and Facebook. After decades of eye-popping growth, these social media sites are contracting at an alarming rate. In some ways, this shouldn’t surprise us. All the social networks […]

The Third Magic

The 3 “magics” discussed here are writing, science and the capacity to control and predict events now emerging from the confluence of computation, big data and AI. Usually we think of innovations as specific technologies […]

Finding Awe Amid Everyday Splendor

A new field of psychology has begun to quantify an age-old intuition: Feeling awe is good for us. For the last two decades, Keltner, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, has been a leading […]

Creating in The Era of Creative Confidence

Scott Belsky on the the promises and perils of creative expression as we stand on the shoulders of tech. It’s remarkable to watch a five-year-old draw, void of any anxiety about what the world will […]

Storytelling Will Save the Earth

Emotional resonance, not cold statistics, will bring home the scale of the climate crisis—and the need for action. The environmental crisis is one of overconsumption, carbon emissions, and corporate greed. But it’s also a crisis […]

What the Fediverse (Does/n’t) Solve

No matter how benevolent a dictatorship is, it’s still a dictatorship, and subject to the dictator’s whims. We must demand that the owners and leaders of tech platforms be fair and good – but we […]

Twitter and the State

The intersection between the American security state — agencies like DHS and the FBI, allied private firms like Dataminr — and global monopoly platforms like Twitter and Facebook should be examined. As I’ve said many […]

The Twitter Files and Writing for the Maw

Twitter will always be led by a confederacy of dunces. Consistency and justice were never in the cards. However. While I’m not really interested at all in the Twitter files as such, I am always […]

Eight Artists Chosen for First Civilian Moon Trip

Four years ago, Japanese billionaire entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa stood alongside SpaceX chief Elon Musk to announce plans for the first civilian mission to the moon. At the presentation in 2018, Maezawa said he had covered […]

The Hunt for the Dark Web’s Biggest Kingpin

AlphaBay was the largest online drug bazaar in history, run by a technological mastermind who seemed untouchable—until his tech was turned against him. By October 2015, AlphaBay had more than 200,000 users and more than […]

Extropia’s Children

Jon Evans explores how the “extropians” mailing list from the 90’s led to AI risk, effective altruism, the rise of rationalism, demon-haunted cults, and the birth of Bitcoin. Back in the nineties, a self-taught teenage […]

Uncivilizing Digital Territories

We might not be able to change the downhill course of civilization. But we can assist in strengthening our communities so that, when crises occur, we respond with our networks from a place of autonomy, […]

The Battle for the Soul of the Web

Long before the NFT boom or the Web3 backlash, an unglamorous movement was under way. Where does it stand now? The difference between DWeb and Web3 is material or semantic, depending on whom you ask. […]

An End to Doomerism

“The issue is that people mistake optimism for ‘blind optimism’ — the blinkered faith that things will always get better.” Pessimism around progress has seeped into almost every grain of society. But I see it […]

Reality: A Post-Mortem

An essay series by Jon Askonas, politics professor at the Catholic University of America, on what killed consensus reality — and what’s coming next. The breakup of consensus reality — a shared sense of facts, […]

The Pathologies of the Attention Economy

L. M. Sacasas considers what we should take into consideration whenever we talk about the “problem of attention” and when we try to do something about it. I’ve learned in listening to others tell their […]