I recently read this piece over at Wired by Craig Mod where he covers the concept of the ‘future book’ and how we never really synced up with the predictions for how books would be in the future.
In it, Mod talks about well known concepts like Vannevar Bush’s ‘Memex’ and Alan Kay’s ‘Dynabook’, as well as the lack of interactivity in the present day Kindle. But he also goes on to talk about Newsletters.
Email is a boring, simple, old technology. Unlike followers or social media subscribers, email has yet to be usurped by algorithms. It’s also worth noting that Thompson’s position is protected: No outsider can take away his subscribers or prevent him from communicating with them. Email is a boring, simple, old technology. The first email was sent in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson. Unlike followers or social media subscribers, email has yet to be usurped by algorithms (for the most part; Gmail does a little bit of sorting now). It’s a predictable marketing channel.”
He also talks about how some newsletters are akin to books in themselves in that they consist of a large body of essays or think pieces when collected together.
It got me thinking about my own newsletter a little and how I’d like to thread some of the links together into something a bit more cohesive - something along the lines of Kottke.org’s Noticing.technology writing
“We must stop believing that the current system is set in the stone with an inability to change. We must stop believing that what we have is the best possible system out there. We must stop claiming that the other side is bad or confused or brainwashed by fake news. Instead we must do more than just wave the flag of tolerance and civility. We must work towards offering a stronger political story.
We must fight against those who not only hold but hang on to power and wealth with relentless tenacity.
We must stand against neoliberalism and its global and regional institutions. We must offer an alternative democratic and socially-just society, one devoid of social democratic compromises (especially those with big business).”
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