I ended up being so captivated by the blogs I found that was hard for me to stop reading long enough to write this post. This wasn’t what I was expecting — I figured I’d find something decent to blurt a post about, and then move on with my massive pile of homework.
The blog I really got caught up in was The Frailest Thing, Michael Sacasas’s blog about technology. At the top of the page he has a quote:
“There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.” – Marshall McLuhan
This quote and the blog’s subject matter resonate with me maybe more than any blog has in the past (my reading voice feels silly saying “blog” over and over again), because it addresses both the wonder and the dread that comes alongside modern technology. My brother works at Google; I feel that combination of excitement and apprehension any time I discuss the future with him. Sacasas’s writing can be pretentious at times, but it’s so thoughtful and curious that I can’t hold that against him.
Sacasas’s blog is simply organized, which I like because I don’t want any distraction from the complex ideas contained in each post. The home page, predictably, has his most recent posts in receding order. There are links to a short “About This Blog,” to a page with articles he’s written for outside venues, an entire page on “the Borg Complex,” and a helpful tab marked “Themes” that divides up his writing based on (youguessedit) themes, like education, memory, religion, and how they all relate to technology. Simple format, complex ideas!
To relax after all that painful brainthought, I spent some time on The Middlest Sister, a webcomic “painstakingly cut and pasted from scrap paper and other garbage,” which is pretty awesome. It’s more about everyday humor and experiences and telling stories in a new way without delving too deep into philosophy, which I think is an important perspective to keep around while I’m freaking out about Google Glass. I encourage you guys to check both these sites out!