This is weird, but if you needed to catch someone up one what the hell has been going on in this really weird world of ours, I have the solution!
If someone fell into a coma at the beginning of this century woke up today and needed to be briefed on the world in the quickest way possible, say fifteen minutes: have them read the history of Wikipedia.
It won’t give them the politics, it won’t give them a full grasp of the zeitgeist (thought that’s kind of the point) but it will be immensely informative. The history of wikipedia is the history of information in our age, more so than twitter or google, wikipedia is purely a philosophical (in its common and greek meanings) pursuit.
Reading simply the New York Times articles (not so much because of their reputation, but because of the expansive coverage and genuine interest in the topic) about what I believe to be one of humanity’s greatest creations would be incredibly elucidating.
Take this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/technology/wikipedia-vs-the-small-screen.html?hpw&rref=technology It talks about changes in technology, the struggles that wikipedia is facing beyond that, demographically, and it has this amazing line, “smartphones and tablets are designed for ‘consumer behavior’ rather than ‘creative behavior.'” Is there a better way to sum up what has been happening?
What I’ve been listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXwpbx2y7b8