Tag: dystopia

The Impoverishment of the COVID Future

From Wikimedia Commons   As I complete this essay, the quarantine imposed on Baltimore stretches into its second month, and I continue teaching online amid terror and despair.&nbs…

Work Out of Joint: Our Future Lives With Robots and Intelligent Agents

Wired magazine – mostly hagiographies of silicon valley entrepreneurs – capitalist porn – vague reassurances for the future from the uber-wealthy.  500 dollar headphones.  The Senior Associa…

Speculative Anthropology Series in Cultural Anthropology

Please check out this provocative collection of papers at cultural anthropology.  Edited by Ryan Anderson, Emma Louise Backe, Taylor Nelms, Elizabeth Reddy and Jeremy Trombley (and including my…

Kyle P. Whyte on Living Our Ancestors’ Dystopia: Indigenous Peoples, Conservation and the Anthropocene

Is A Dystopian Consumer Future Already Here?

This blog post is actually an announcement….I’ve started a new chapter and a new blog, and I am calling it “Consuming Culture”. Here is a sneak peak with…

National Science Fiction Day — 1/2/2018

On this day devoted (by some) to a genre fiction, my thoughts have turned to dystopia and utopia–these are not, however, co-extensive with SF, but see Fredric Jameson’s…

Tracking the Future at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

–> (the Wow! signal, visualized by Benjamin Crowell, from Wikimedia) In a few days, many anthropologists will attend the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.  For…

Call for Papers–Worlds of Resistance: Dystopia and Heterotopia in Fiction and Reality

We find ourselves in a period of worlding and otherworlding, of recognizing that the microcosms in which we operated were not simply illusory but untenable, shielding us from…

berners-lee on snowden

It’s been almost eight years that I ↵last quoted ↑Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web, here at xirdalium. On 1st August 2006 I republished the following…