If you’ve been aching for some significant-minded chatter on the topic of how we, as social animals living in a postmodern culture, interact with and are afflicted by social media and technological innovation, you’re in luck. Snapchat is funding a web-site called “Real Life” on which just this kind of chatter will be published.
The web-site, headed by “social media theorist” and Snapchat researcher Nathan Jurgenson, will be submitting just one report a day on a variety of matters, but not application critiques or hot will take on the most recent world-wide-web drama.
“Popular discourse on technological innovation has sustained the concept that there is a electronic place apart from the social world alternatively than intrinsic to it,” Jurgenson writes in an introductory write-up explaining the mission, structure and conflicts of curiosity the endeavor contains.
“I’ve argued that ‘online’ and ‘offline,’ like ‘body’ and ‘mind,’ are not like two positions on a gentle swap — a point of view I have called electronic dualism. Rather, all social lifestyle is created of each information and product it’s technological and human, virtual and serious.”
That need to give you an concept of what to assume. Whether Serious Existence will establish to be insightful and critical or middlebrow pop philosophy is tough to say, but I’d like to give it the gain of the doubt. Views from exterior the tech world appropriate are valuable checks to the tired narratives that bounce around the echo chamber quite a few of us inhabit — or at the very least visit often (thank you to our readers). But the assortment of the voices furnishing individuals views is also affected by the tech mentality, so enable us hope the personnel at Serious Existence choose to get to properly beyond the straightforward pickings of tech halo enterprises and academia.
As Jurgenson notes in the intro write-up, Snapchat is bankrolling the total point, just as it funds a meeting he chairs and at the very least some of his research. He hastens to add that editorial independence is assured, although just one may possibly moderately guess from his crafting that he is barely very likely to find himself in severe ethical or philosophical overcome with a benefactor with which he is so intently allied and aligned. At the very least there will not be adverts.
The web-site will launch June 27, and if you’re fascinated in the scene the editors are promoting, head to their demonstrating of Cronenberg’s “Videodrome” in Manhattan that night time.