On the Web
- Find the Others, Dark Mountain — The DM folks are “launching an experiment to see if we can help support readers and friends of Dark Mountain who want to find each other and organise local gatherings.”
- The Collapse of Industrial Civilization has put up two recent posts that are quite good: an interview with climatologist Nick Humphrey and some thoughts on “modern civilization’s inevitable collapse.”
- The Terrifying Potential of the 5G Network, The New Yorker — “The future of wireless technology holds the promise of total connectivity. But it will also be especially susceptible to cyberattacks and surveillance.” See also Dr. Laura Drake’s post on resistance to 5G technology.
- The Race to Develop the Moon, The New Yorker
- The calls to rein in Mark Zuckerberg have never been louder, Fast Company
- When Time Became Regular and Universal, It Changed History, Aeon
- What Would Happen If Every Human Suddenly Disappeared, Ted-ed — See also Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us
- The Myth of Convenience, The Frailest Thing
- The Ruin of the Digital Town Square, The New Atlantis — “Across the political spectrum, a consensus has arisen that Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other digital platforms are laying ruin to public discourse… The essays in this symposium seek answers to the crisis of ‘digital discourse’ beyond privacy policies, corporate exposés, and smarter algorithms.”
- Jihadi Digital Narratives, The New Atlantis — “How ISIS liked, shared, and posted its way to power.”
- The Global Attention Span Is Getting Shorter, OneZero – Medium
- When Engineers Become Whistleblowers, Scientific American
- The average American worker takes less vacation time than a medieval peasant, Business Insider
- The Reason Renewables Can’t Power Modern Civilization Is Because They Were Never Meant To, Forbes
- The Truth About Dentistry, The Atlantic — “It’s much less scientific—and more prone to gratuitous procedures—than you may think.” See also “Toward a Critique of Industrial Medicine” and Weston Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration on the lack of tooth decay among primitive peoples.