This is easily one of the best essays I’ve ever read. If you have 10 minutes, read this. You won’t regret it.
To speak more generally, the ultimate goal of technology, the telos of techne, is to replace a natural world that’s indifferent to our wishes — a world of hurricanes and hardships and breakable hearts, a world of resistance — with a world so responsive to our wishes as to be, effectively, a mere extension of the self.
“In the reading-machine future
Say by 1950
All magnum opuses
Will be etched on the
Heads of pins
Not retched into
Three volume classics
By pin heads”—On the subject of the death of books, Bob Brown, Words (1931)
“So, do you really believe planting a garden is a way to partner with God in his work? Do you believe writing and performing a play is partnering with God in his work? What about studying micro-organisms? What about baking a cake? It’s all God’s world, and in everything we do we can partner with him in his love for it. How do you partner with God?”—Donald Miller, from How to Partner with God in His Work.
This past weekend, Canonical held their bi-annual Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) in Budapest, Hungary. The goal of each UDS is to determine what changes should/will be made in the next release of Ubuntu. Rather than list the changes myself, I’ll let you follow the link in the title for a quick rundown.
The Guardian is reporting that the Taliban has started tweeting in English for the first time.
It is only to be expected. Islamic terrorists and insurgents everywhere have shown a fondness for the web, and issuing gruesome videos, although as the paper points out the group did once forbid most modern technology when it ran Afghanistan before being booted out. Now it is microblogging.
More On the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: New Ads from Sprint and AT&T
This staggered, half-poetical piece of advertising is Sprint’s first formal jab at the pending cell-phone merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. Although it doesn’t attack any company directly, it’s safe to say this is pointed at AT&T. As a counter-attack, AT&T has released this ad:
Although neither of these ads seems very compelling to me, they have reportedly been released in a variety of newspapers and journals. Maybe the next ones will be a little more convincing…
Great stuff right here. (Note: this is comedy, not to be taken seriously; this does not reflect my beliefs)
Obey these commandments and you shall be hipster!
1. I am the hipster Lord your God (Pitchfork). You shall have no other gods before me (this means no Rolling Stone or NME). You shall not make for yourself an idol, for I wish to be indie and not well known. You shall obey me, but then again you shall not obey me, because I am too popular and I am well known.
2. Do not take the name of the Lord in vain. The very echo of ‘Pitchfork’ must be said with great reverence.
3. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. You shall begin prayer with the sign of the hipster cross: ‘In the name of the Minus, and of the Panda, and of the Grizzly Bear, amen’.
4. Honour your non-hipster father and your non-hipster mother, even though they are ignorant and do not understand you. Because they are non-hipster, they have allowed you to become hipster. There can only be one hipster per family.
5. You shall not kill/murder, unless someone criticises a hipster band. As one Youtube video has pointed out: ‘Know who Arcade Fire is, or hipsters will kill you’.
6. You shall not praise mainstream artists. You shall know and love bands that are popular in the unpopular sense.
7. You shall dress appropriately. Skinny jeans are appropriate. Therefore, you shall wear skinny jeans. With this, you shall be castrated, and therefore emasculated. A male hipster (actually, any hipster) must not show any ounce of masculinity and/or manliness.
8. You shall use irony at all times. Irony is thy friend.
9. You shall treat mainstream lovers with contempt. You shall impose your opinion over mainstream lovers, claiming your opinion as fact. A hipster’s music taste is always better than a non-hipster’s music taste. Only a hipster can be objective and truly know what’s good or bad in matters of subjectivity and open interpretation.
Do not forget these commandments, and especially, do not forget the most important hipster commandment of all:
10. Love one hipster band until they go mainstream.