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Wireless and Invisible Landscapes, March 2000
- Visionaries of the Invisible
Jonathan Sterne, Geoffrey Sauer
Today the metaphor for the mind (and more precisely, the brain) has shifted to the computer, but wirelessness is enjoying a veritable rebirth.
- Wireless Eavesdropper
Wireless is a technology derived from the individualism of consumer technologies of the 1980s and 1990s. Only by accident have they led to a peculiar sort of community broadcasting.
- Culture Will Eat Itself: E-Commerce, Technology, and Public Space
As "Park Bench" illustrates so well, capitalism aspires to colonize all aspects of life from public space to individual leisure.
- Bribery Culture, or the Republic of Zloties
When bribery becomes so pervasive as to constitute an invisible social geography, one where the unannounced rules of life must be understood, a bribery culture develops.
- The Mythical State of Jefferson
The State of Jefferson is in the region of southern Oregon and northern California, in the areas of the Siskiyou and Trinity mountain ranges, and the Klamath and Rogue river valleys.
- The World Will End in the Year 2000, er, 2012, Or, History Revealed
Two examples of eschatological thinking: the Y2K scare and the King Wen sequence in the I Ching.
- M-M-My MicroGeneration
Mass media is a grazeable prairie of deceptively unfenced pastures. The faces of the day's singers and the notes of their songs are the clover that sweeten our daily cud.
- The Invisible Audioscapes of Police Broadcasts
Police inhabit a territory of their own creation that is generally closed to civilians.
- Securing Profits
Carrie A. Rentschler
Melrose Place, like many other gated communities around the country, is literally wired for security. But the more interesting issue is how consumers can perceive security as just another household service.
Ingrate -- Wake up! Time for work! -- a cartoon
- VI/125 Degrees of Separation: A Prison Activist's Notes
In the SHU prisoners spend twenty two and a half hours a day locked in a small, permanently lit, windowless cell, buried alive on the orders of warden or prison staff, not the courts.