As mentioned in our last Week Note, we’re changing our schedule for the list of our favorite articles from weekly to monthly to amp up the signal-to-noise level. So from everything we read this month, these are the articles that we deem the most insightful.
- The True Literature of California Is Science Fiction
Utopia, Science Fiction, Democracy, Capitalism, California. An incredible interview with author Kim Stanley Robinson.
- Consent of the Surveiled
It’s articles like this one that we need much more of as they give us a much broader understanding of how a state works and why surveillance happens. Also have a look at this talk by Quinn Norton and Eleanore Saitta on the same topic.
- 60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History
A fantastic piece of longform journalism from BuzzFeed looking into the US-congress resolution that came right after 9/11 and that has been the legal framework for the US-wars and -surveillance ever since.
- Anthropocene – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A term that has been used plentifully in talks and reads that we consumed in the last few weeks. Benjamin Bratton referenced it in his talk at the Geopolitical Accelerationism panel this week and there is a small exhibition dedicated to it at Transmediale.
- Lessons from the World’s Most Tech-Savvy Government – Sten Tamkivi – The Atlantic
Estonia is a much needed example these days of a country seeming “to get it” much more than the rest of the world.