Using Technology to Deepen Democracy, Using Democracy to Ensure Technology Benefits Us All
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Setting up a debate between Mike Davis and Stewart Brand on slum ecology as a kind of post-millennium sequel to the mid-century debate between Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses and a set up for tomorrow's discussion of technofixes and futurological derangements of environmental praxis. Yes, I still teach anti-futurology even if I no longer write about it much these days, here at any rate... It's the last week of summer intensives and I'm feeling a combination, twelve weeks in, of exhausted burnout and anxious anticipation of fall courses beginning with nary a respite to recover in. A couple of student presentations remain to be done, evaluations will happen some time today or tomorrow depending on the pacing of the lectures, who knows if students will be keeping up with the readings and ready to discuss them as they scramble to complete their final projects. Everybody is ready to be done. And given the subject matter, we're all cooked anyway.