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The semester is just about over, the election is behind us, and I’m feeling confident that Barack Obama is going to keep the world’s uteruses safe (for the time being). I’ve so enjoyed sharing this space with you all and having to form (what I hope are) cogent thoughts on American political issues.
I’m finished with the class I started this blog for and am trying to decide what to do with the space. The content here doesn’t easily fit into my personal blog, BashfullyDesigned, but I am not sure that I can keep up a commitment to this space too… In the next few days I’m planning to figure out just what this space will be used for– in many ways it is as much a part of my life as Bashful but there are ways in which the tone I take here is hard to keep up– that kind of perpetual criticism is exhausting, don’t you think?
Stay tuned, I wont leave you hanging like this, I swear. Plus, there are all sorts of rumors and speculation swirling about the inauguration and I’ll be following those like crazy.
Neal Stephenson & J. Frederick George's "Interface"
I think that the Seattle Weekly got it right. Interface is “a Manchurian Candidate for the Computer Age.” In fact, the whole time I read the book I kept thinking that the plot had kind of been covered in that movie a number of years ago. This isn’t to say that I don’t adore Stephenson. When I finally got around to reading Cryptonomicon, thanks to the nagging of my partner, I adored it: really brilliant, enthralling, and exciting. What attracts me to Stephenson’s work is that it is Sci-Fi but not the kind of Sci-Fi with spaceships and aliens, it is a world that looks just like this one except for one little thing… and that one little thing, which always seems like a good idea at the time (i.e. brain implants for stroke victims) turns out to have huge consequences.
Stephenson and George successfully indite the media-savvy political process of the late 20th and early 21st Century. I think they’re also right about how it will be medical technology that get people to surrender at least some of their rights to a computerized network- after all, who wouldn’t want their father back from a stroke he was never supposed to have. Continue reading
Not going to lie, it was a little weird to read The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House just a few short days after Barack Obama made history. I wanted to like Garrett Graff’s book, but as with so many books about globalization and technology’s potential I found that his work fell short of a truly illuminating discussion.
Of course, part of this may be that on Nov. 4 the work was instantly dated. I believe that, though he made a few missteps along the way, President-Elect Obama’s online presence was far superior to anything Graff talks about in the book. As a testament to just how dated the book already is, Obama is only listed in the index 25 times (for a book that is 290 pages long), where as the Clintons show up over 40 times. Continue reading