I flew home from Australia yesterday. We left Sydney at 5:30pm on Friday and arrived in Los Angeles at noon on Friday. It's a strange and disorienting experience to spend so many hours on an airplane and then to land in a place -- here or there -- where time has shifted backwards or forwards so significantly. I'm currently reading Rebecca Solnit's River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, which has me thinking a lot about technologies and the "annihilation of time and space." Solnit writes about the railroad and photography; I think about computers and the Internet.
This week’s post in my series “The History of the Future of Education Technology”: “Education Technology and Skinner’s Box” and “(25 Years Ago) The First School One-to-One Laptop Program.” (That first one-to-one laptop program was in Australia, by the way.) Elsewhere in the history of education: Pearson, politics, and profits. Elsewhere in the history of technology: Easy-Bake Ovens and the Jacquard Loom.
And on ideology and technology today: Kate Losse on “Cults at Scale: Silicon Valley and the Mystical Corporate Aesthetic.” Speaking of Peter Thiel, “The Rich Man’s Dropout Club.”
A short newsletter from me this week, because of the weariness from jet lag, the loss of time, the loss, the loss, the loss…
Yours in struggle,