n almost unavoidable omnipresence in our personal lives, making some degree of overload an…or concentration, overstimulation, physiological stress, and generalized irritability or hostility. Through portable devices, notifications, and new social expectations that we must be constantly available, current media have an almost unavoidable omnipresence in our personal lives, making some degree of overload an accepted norm for people in contemporary society.
…her observational research. But fo…her observational research. But for the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, food abundance produced a state of cognitive overload that was immediately and obviously destabilizing to their social group.
le and stabilize power distribution, knowledge mobilization, and territorial or militaristi… portable but perishable — these societies exhibit a predilection toward space and maneuverability. A medium like papyrus mobilizes knowledge, allowing it to travel back and forth from centers of information to actors spread out spatially, and thereby also mobilizes widespread governance. Thus space-biased media systems, with their facilitation of societal expansion over space, enable and stabilize power distribution, knowledge mobilization, and territorial or militaristic societies.
historical evidence demonstrates that the system in which a soci…ifferent types of societies. Through his research of power dynamics in past economies, he contended archaeological and historical evidence demonstrates that the system in which a society communicates shapes its political and cultural attributes.
My ideal Kindle interaction model isn’t too different than the current one. But the sanding away of small frictions pays huge dividends in interfaces. As a user performs the same actions hundreds or thousands of times they feel those marginal change…
What I’m doing is making a list of my relationships with each of the big companies, because they’re such a big part of my life. The see me as a kind of statistically interesting revenue-generating physical entity, and I want to see them and have frameworks for understanding them, too.