NETFUTURE is back
Stephen Talbott’s NETFUTURE: Technology and Human Responsibility, the electronic newsletter he has edited since 1995, is back in publication after a fifteen month hiatus. I wondered if it would ever resume publication, and I am very glad that it has.
In Talbott’s words,
NetFuture is an electronic newsletter with postings every two-to-four weeks or so. It looks beyond the generally recognized “risks” of computer use such as privacy violations, unequal access, censorship, and dangerous computer glitches. It seeks especially to address those deep levels at which we half-consciously shape technology and are shaped by it. What is half-conscious can, after all, be made fully conscious, and we can take responsibility for it.
Talbott, who works with The Nature Institute, has a perspective on technology that is somewhat similar to Neil Postman’s, but with a more holistic emphasis. Talbott not only criticizes the effects of technology on human beings but makes a constant effort to explore and articulate what it is about being human that our technocratic society does not know how to recognize or protect.
In the early days of Library Juice I frequently copied sections from new issues of NETFUTURE as they reached me by email. I think it is valuable and somewhat unusual when intelligent critics of technology and its ideologies use the internet to communicate their ideas. I’m very glad Talbott is publishing NETFUTURE again, and I look forward to reading the book that he produced during his hiatus: Devices of the Soul: Battling for Our Selves in an Age of Machines, which is due to be released this Spring from O’Reilly Media.
Welcome back to the web, NETFUTURE.