The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading: Tales of the Computer as Culture Machine

The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading: Tales of the Computer as Culture Machine

Peter Lunenfeld


The laptop, writes Peter Lunenfeld, is the twenty-first century's tradition computing device. it's a dream machine, serving because the mode of construction, the technique of distribution, and the positioning of reception. we've not fairly accomplished the flying autos and robotic butlers of futurist fantasies, yet we do have a computing device which could functionality as a typewriter and a printing press, a paintbrush and a gallery, a piano and a radio, the mail in addition to the mail carier. yet, warns Lunenfeld, we should always mood our get together with warning; we're engaged in a mystery warfare among downloading and uploading--between passive intake and energetic creation--and the result will form our collective futures.In the key battle among Downloading and importing, Lunenfeld makes his case for utilizing electronic applied sciences to shift us from a intake to a construction version. He describes tv because the "the excessive fructose corn syrup of the mind's eye" and concerns that it might reason "cultural diabetes"; prescribes conscious downloading, significant importing, and "info-triage" as treatments; and gives suggestions for crafting "bespoke futures" in what he phrases the period of "Web n.0" (interconnectivity to the nth power). He additionally deals a stand-alone family tree of electronic visionaries, distilling a historical past of the tradition laptop that runs from the Patriarchs (Vannevar Bush's WWII new release) to the Hustlers (Bill Gates and Steve Jobs) to the Searchers (Larry web page and Sergey Brin of Google fame). After part a century of television-conditioned consumption/downloading, Lunenfeld tells us, we now locate ourselves with an unlimited new infrastructure for importing. We easily have to locate the need to make the simplest of it.

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