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ʻData Centers Grand Tour (This Data Belongs Here)ʼ by Silvio Lorusso is the second e-PERMANENT artist commission for an online work. ʻData Centers Grand Tour (This Data Belongs Here)ʼ starts here and will be an ongoing project for which Silvio Lorusso will be purchasing domain names and hosting in each country across the globe. For each domain a single web page will be hosted showing a satellite view of the geographical site at which that particular domainʼs data is stored. The tour will start by clicking at a destination, one click will take you to the next domain in a different country where you will again be able to view where that domainʼs data is stored, and so on until all of the countries in the world are covered.
Clay Shirky on Love, Internet Style (by Chris Vertonghen)
A week ago today, Aaron gave up. And since I received the call late Friday night telling me that, like so many others who were close to him, I have not rested. Not slept, really. Not connected with my kids, at all. Not held my wife except to comfort her tears, or for her to comfort mine.
McLuhan describes the shift in western society from an agrarian economy to an industrial economy as a template for the next shift from an industrial economy to an information economy.
Another characteristic reversal after passing a road break boundry is that the country ceases to be the center of all work, and the city ceases to be the center of leisure. In fact, improved roads and transport have reversed the ancient pattern and made cities the centers of work and the country the place of leisure and of recreation.
He goes on to describe how farmers lived and worked on the land in the countryside. The rise of industrialization lead to a shift in the focus of labor activities to the factory and centers of production around the factory - the city or urban area. The invention of the train helped to leverage the growth of the cities by facilitating transportation between centers of production for both resources and labor. Similarly, the rise of the automobile and interstate highway systems directly resulted in the development of suburban areas.
McLuhan utilizes the agrarian-to-industrial economic shift as a template by which we will see the next shift; from an industrial economy to an information economy.
The (in his words) “electronic economy” or “information economy” (in modern words) will be a new economic/societal shift in which the information infrastructure (fiber optics, cheap hardware, ubiquitous internet access) will afford another shift from the centers of industrial production back to the countryside - ie: working remotely from your country home.
"It seems that if we want to take control of our excessive busyness, we need to make choices that allow us some genuine down time. Not paralyzed by decision fatigue time, not distraction time, but quiet time that allows us to regenerate our enthusiasm for life."