Archive for May, 2014

Where did the flying cars go?

Where did the flying cars go?

Today, I read this remarkable David Graeber essay from 2012, titled provocatively, “Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit.”  It asks: why did the flying cars, which we thought would be here by the turn of the millennium, not materialize?  Graeber’s answer, which will not surprise anyone who has read him, is that this is all about capital.  Capital decided that flying cars and robots would actually empower the working class, and therefore switched their energies to other, more frivolous matters (the Internet, say), that give us the illusion of technological progress but are nothing of the kind.  […]

The Proposal

The Proposal

Last week, I presented my dissertation proposal.   Like other presentations, visualizing the content helped to outline and organize my ideas.  Unlike other presentations, my ideas were significantly shifting day to day.  Throughout the semester, I cut off more than half of my potential sources and expanded on a smaller section that I had initially written about for my first year paper.  This decision happened on a night bus to New York.  A week before my presentation, I decided to frame the project as body maps and scrambled to find The Greatest Hits on visualization and representation.  Special thanks to Grace […]