Tech Aesthetics

I recently read an article (discovered via things magazine) on how “Silicon Valley helps spread the same sterile aesthetic across the world.” The core premise is that technology (Airbnb and social media) is creating “Airspace” (à la Up in the Air’s “Airworld”):

It’s the realm of coffee shops, bars, startup offices, and co-live / work spaces that share the same hallmarks everywhere you go: a profusion of symbols of comfort and quality, at least to a certain connoisseurial mindset. Minimalist furniture. Craft beer and avocado toast. Reclaimed wood. Industrial lighting. Cortados. Fast internet. The homogeneity of these spaces means that traveling between them is frictionless, a value that Silicon Valley prizes and cultural influencers like Schwarzmann take advantage of. Changing places can be as painless as reloading a website. You might not even realize you’re not where you started.

Sunday Coffee #5

This will probably be the last week I write one of these posts. As I’ve said previously, I’m not sure I’m quite getting anything out of this. I still want to share and comment on random articles I find throughout the week, but it makes much more sense to do so on social media, where I can actually engage in conversation. However, I still want to write proper, longer posts, so keep an eye out for those.

Sunday Coffee #4

This weekend was very exhausting, since a friend was visiting town, and we decided to walk from the middle of Brooklyn to the far side of Manhattan. I’ve also eaten more vegan meals than not this weekend. I miss meat.

Sunday Coffee #3

Not much to say this week, except I’m not sure how much I actually enjoy writing. I read a blog post on ending a blog, and I’m not sure what my end state is. What am I trying to get out of writing?

Here’s some interesting links for the week:

A Burglar's Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh

A Burglar's Guide to the City

I really wanted to like A Burglar’s Guide to the City. I’m an avid reader of BLDGBLOG, and the concept behind the book sounded quite interesting–see architecture the way a burglar does. And indeed the book does have a lot of interesting anecdotes, but it’s also very repetitive. Each chapter is a simple idea repeated over and over again. It was still an enjoyable read overall, but it wasn’t as great as I hoped.

I’d suggest checking out BLDGBLOG and a recent Gastropod episode on food theft first.

Also on Goodreads.

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