[Humanist] 25.577 techno-utopias, dystopias and analyses

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Dec 29 13:06:49 CET 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 577.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2011 11:55:17 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: techno-utopias, dystopias and analyses

Bruce Arnold's "Caslon Analytics" (www.caslon.com.au/), on "the 
intersection of law, digital technology, business and society", provides 
many points of interest for members of this seminar. My particular point 
of entry was to his breathless discussion of digital dystopias 
(www.caslon.com.au/digitalguide3.htm), such as the collapse of the 
Internet predicted for 2006 in 2004 in Hannu H Kari's "Internet is 
deteriorating and close to collapse -- What can we do to survive?". As 
it happens several broken links to intriguing items are not a problem, 
since Google is sufficient to find them, e.g. Andrew Odlyzko's "The 
history of communications and its implications for the Internet", which 
in turn leads to Professor Odlyzko's online papers, 
www.dtc.umn.edu/~odlyzko/; or Rita Kohrman's "Computer Anxiety in the 
21st Century: When You Are Not In Kansas Any More" 

To us fear of computing in the present may seem as strange as 
self-evidently paranoid visions for the future. So let me ask, does all 
this seem utterly bizarre to you? What do you think is responsible for 
the fear? What are the fearful afraid of?



Professor Willard McCarty, Department of Digital Humanities, King's 
College London; Professor (fractional), University of Western Sydney; 
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.isr-journal.org); Editor, 
Humanist (www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

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