New Dark Age by James Bridle


James and I once spoke at the same conference, If:Book in Italy, in I'm guessing about 2011. I was struck by this quiet, intense, supremely thoughtful guy who, for all that there was a lot of excellent Italian wine floating around, was lucid and careful in his words (unlike myself!) He popped back upon my radar in 2012, talking about #thenewaesthetic, the incursion of the digital into the physical world. Not just the 21st century scary story of drones, surveillance, and facial recognition, but how they were remaking parts of our designed and physical environment. He has written extensively on the topic, and his website is well worth the time, but this book represents a current summing up of his thoughts on the impact of technology on how we think and act in the world. Very much recommended.

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