Essays on Technology and Culture

A Series Of Lead Tubes

[W]hat if in 2000 years we look back on our current internet, and think of it as a fascinating but heartbreaking tale of hubris. A moment in time where people were consuming a type of technology they knew wasn’t good for them because it conferred status and prestige. And that thing they craved so much was slowly making them lose their minds.

— Rose Eveleth – “The Internet Is a Series of Lead Tubes”

Fascinating food for thought. Are we truly able to handle globally scaled, constant connection without going mad? The jury is still out on that, but remember that it only took the Romans two centuries to connect their plumbing with their illness. But if the Internet, as we know it now, is making us sick, can we even fix it?