Adam Gopnik on the Internet and Us

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There’s this really interesting New Yorker piece that I really wanted to share with all you Wes-folks, but Wesleying posting conventions stipulate that posts have to have to some connection or relevance to Wesleyan or campus life in general in order for it to be considered appreciable by our target demographic. So I dug around, and here’s the only connection I can come up with:

Adam Gopnik is the author of Paris to the Moon, which is one of the expository books used in Professor Nathanael Greene‘s class, “France Since 1870.” (It is also a book that changed my life.) So there.

Anyway, in the piece Gopnik ruminates on the social effects of technology, and while he doesn’t actually bring anything new to the table, he explores the subject in a wonderfully poetic fashion that rephrases the issue in somewhat novel terms. There’s a specific line in there that I think speaks interestingly to the ACB generation:

What we live in is not the age of the extended mind but the age of the inverted self. The things that have usually lived in the darker recesses or mad corners of our mind—sexual obsessions and conspiracy theories, paranoid fixations and fetishes—are now out there: you click once and you can read about the Kennedy autopsy or the Nazi salute or hog-tied Swedish flight attendants.

Fun stuff. Check the article out here.

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2 thoughts on “Adam Gopnik on the Internet and Us

  1. anonymous

    The way we get information is similar to the way we now listen to music. When I put a record on a turntable, I intend to listen to it from beginning to end without skipping songs. When I listen to music on my computer, I feel like I can’t focus on any of the songs because they’re not what I want to hear. We don’t really commit to our music–we don’t want to pay for it or look for it in music stores. We download it. It seems really strange, but that’s why I like listening to records. I actually have to pay attention to the music I’m listening to.

  2. spinoza

    adam gopnik is an amazing writer. i am always pleased when he has a piece in the new yorker.

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