‘Toys are preludes to serious ideas’

“Toys are preludes to serious ideas.” Charles and Ray Eames Those shiny toys, they give us all the answers and leave little to the imagination. What could unleash creativity like a blank paper does for a pack of gel pens instead turns off the lite-brite of ideas. Charles and Ray Eames knew about the risks […]

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The sorcery of screens

The internet never ends. Mountains of content are piling up as we speak. The hook is neither in our control or that of technology. We pull the lever, the slot machine spits out a variable reward. It’s impossible to disentangle ourselves from the mindlessness of a ludic loop. With more data, the machine grows smarter […]

Dave Eggers: Social media is like snack food

“It’s not that I’m not social. I’m social enough. But the tools you guys create actually manufacture unnaturally extreme social needs. No one needs the level of contact you’re purveying. It improves nothing. It’s not nourishing. It’s like snack food. You know how they engineer this food? They scientifically determine precisely how much salt and fat they […]

Knowing it all exists

The internet reintroduces lost objects. Everything from rare reggae recordings to out of print books finds its way online to be consumed for the first time. Only physical objects like pieces of art retain their scarcity, and therefore their value. But digitization means one copy makes infinite shelf life. Sharing bytes of knowledge amplifies the value of […]