An associate professor of English at Wheaton College, Richard Hughes Gibson is the author of Paper Electronic Literature: An Archeology of Born-Digital Materials and Charitable Writing, both forthcoming, as well as Forgiveness in Victorian Literature: Grammar, Narrative, and Community. He also co-directs the Manibus Press, an occasional publisher of artists’ books.
Government ties to Big Tech run deep.
Looking abroad provides some relief from the doomsday projections with which we began.
You don’t have to put on a rose-colored headset to see the upsides.
The Internet is a technical system that has reshaped social roles and relationships in ways that we are at this point far from fully understanding. We are living out the terms of the new social contract.
While the purgatorial “industries” of Transhumanism might not yet represent a counter-revolution on the order of the Reformation, they are already substantial enough to warrant our attention.