L. M. Sacasas
The Tourist and the Pilgrim
is a collection of diverse essays exploring the character of life in a digital age.
These essays draw on an eclectic set of resources to help make sense of our relationship to the technologies we use to work, play, think, and relate to one another. Historians of technology, media theorists, and social critics find their place alongside less traditional sources. Hitchcock informs a reading of Facebook. Seinfeld sheds light on the history of technology. St. Augustine helps dissect the Consumer Electronics Show. The Amish turn out to be the most modern of our contemporaries. Star Trek's Borg illustrates how not to think about technology.
Is technology really running our lives? Are we ever truly offline anymore? Why shouldn't we ignore our bodies when we think about Internet technologies? Have we outsourced our ethical thinking to our digital devices? These are the kinds questions The Tourist and the Pilgrim addresses.
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