The design of the classroom from 1750 to today

The design of the classroom is a technology, and you can interpret that in a lot of different ways. Architects can make that look more, and less, typical. But the point is the instruction, the interaction in the classroom, not that it looks more like a circle or more like a square or whatever else. […]

What does it mean to be me?

Sociologist Erving Goffman believed that all human interaction was a theatrical performance. In his most famous book The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life , Goffman called his analysis the study of  “Dramaturgy.” Dramaturgical analysis is the idea that we present an edited version of our selves when we meet others in person. All the internet’s […]

Seen but diluted

The proliferation of images undermines our ability to pay attention to any single one. So we keep skimming, scrolling, consuming more and understanding less; all the while contributing to the chaos to avoid missing out. On top of this, all Instagram images tend to look the same. It’s easier to conform to selfies, food porn, […]

Lost in translation

If you know a language, you can say exactly what you mean. Nothing gets lost in translation. If you use Google or any other translation services you lose the subtleties, the cultural verbiage that makes the difference between saying you had a good day or a great day. Sure, spitting out something is better than […]

Consuming valueless info

The tabloids will always outsell good books because people like valueless info.  Instead of chasing the interesting, our eyeballs fall into the hands of attention merchants who monetize our dopamine-obsessed heads with precision drone strikes. We sell our souls to click on ads.  The outcome of a Brave New World is short-attention spans and foolish […]