๐Ÿ“‘ New Ways of Seeing: can John Berger’s classic decode our baffling digital age?

Bookmarked New Ways of Seeing: can John Berger’s classic decode our baffling digital age? (the Guardian)

From โ€˜the cloudโ€™ to invisible beams carrying billions of dollars, our world can often feel like a neverland of terrifying tech. A new radio series is here to help

James Bridle discusses some of the ideas relating to cloud computing and seeing the world around us in a BBC podcast series. This is associated with his book New Dark Age.

Marginalia

As Berger wrote in 1972: โ€œWe only see what we look at. To look is an act of choice.โ€ Beneath the surface of the street, and behind the screens of our computers, hide powerful forces that shape all of our lives. To reckon with them requires a new way of seeing: an understanding of the connections between infrastructure and code, state surveillance and corporate power, social prejudice and algorithmic bias, and the environment and computation. Itโ€™s a form of seeing vital to understanding the times we live in, and as at every previous time in history, itโ€™s artists who are helping us to forge it.

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