Marshall McLuhan’s definition of media was so broad it seemed to include everything, from electric light to money to transportation and housing. In the opening section of his seminal 1964 work, Understanding Media, McLuhan writes that “the ‘content’ of any medium is always anoth…
A quick reminder that I’m now sending out mid-week essays focused on urbanism and the future of cities (in addition to the Friday newsletter). This wee…
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As software matures, it creates an ever-growing tension in the built environment by sharpening the contrast between the two domains. Computers get smal…
Drew Austin
One interesting aspect of the pandemic internet is all the content that has stopped appearing anywhere. Max Read writes, “Instagram, cut off from a ste…
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The outward expansion of American cities has largely been driven by affluence. Ever since foot travel constrained the size of the pre-industrial urban …
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I’ve noticed more people comparing social media to smoking lately, which is a compelling but limited analogy. The parallels are obvious: Both feel grea…
Drew Austin
In early 2018, Bruce Sterling proclaimed that the smart city was dead, or rather, that it never quite existed in the first place. The idea of the “smar…
Drew Austin
The last newsletter I sent that wasn’t haunted by COVID-19 went out on February 21, a day I remember vividly. I went to a Knicks game that evening and …
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