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Productive Procrastination #20

“We must learn to hope with teeth.”–China MiévilleWelcome back,he whispers quietly more to himself th

Johannes Kleske

July 5 · Issue #20 · View online
A combination of recommendations, observations, and personal updates

“We must learn to hope with teeth.”

Welcome back,
he whispers quietly more to himself than to his audience. It feels like, with every issue of this newsletter, the world has gone to shit a bit more. Maybe that’s a good excuse for having fallen off the bandwagon a bit. 
Or to stop trying to comment on the world affairs and focus on pointing to the unusual, odd, fresh and alternative viewpoints that don’t give you hope but provide you with a starting point from where you just might see the next torch in the fog. That for me is the point about being critical. Not to piss on someone’s parade but to say “we can do better than this.” 
That’s the idea behind most of the articles from the last month that I’ve collected below. Although I fail at it too often myself, I believe that now is the perfect time to spend more time with thinking about and reflecting on the undercurrents. 
Ok, two lightly salted almonds left…

Reading Recommendations
The Limits of Utopia
Third Wave Commentary
Systems fiction: a novel way to think about the present
The Singularity has been postponed
Salvaging the Future
Don’t Believe the Hype
The Unquestioned Pursuit of Weight Loss Had Us Eating Wrong for Years
When Perfect Is the Enemy
Loneliness Is a Warning Sign to Be Social - Facts So Romantic
In televangelist of technology Kevin Kelly’s divinely-guided The Inevitable, the future isn’t quite for everyone
My friend, the bot
How Virginia Heffernan is reinventing tech criticism
Favorite Quotes
“We need to stop seeing technology criticism as destructive; rather, it gives us the opportunity to shape the future of technology in our everyday lives.”
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