OpenBookmarks.org: this is a project about time. How digital has extracted physical obects from the physical world and placed them in a purely temporal zone.
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So what is this? Well, this slide represents Chiba City, the original dystopia of William Gibson’s Neuromancer. Gibson and Tim Berners-Lee are our patron saints. TBL invented the world wide web, but Gibson gave us its iconography, the way we talk about it. And as Sapir & Whorf taught us, we construct worlds in the image of the language we use to describe them, so Gibson built us. We built the web in the image he gave to us in language.
Gibson’s achievement is to write a book that exists in out world, right now. I think you have to have been a science fiction writer for 25 years for this to be possible. Previously, he’s written about layering ms word over firefox/wikipedia while he writes. Now he’s layering it over Twitter. Liveblogging the present. Time-stamping it with references to technology.
Liveblogging, Anna Pickard, “ Simultaneously conversation, criticism, coverage and entertainment.”
Robin Sloan, Ash Cloud Tales
Andrew Lossowsky, open call to designers, Stranded magazine.
New York Blackout 2003.
Jetlag. Desynchronosis. The internet and the way it bends and changes our perception of time is making new media and new things possible, but it is also changing our capability of understanding them.
Wrangling Time, or, Desynchronosis in the Network Age