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Jonathan Franzen Has Some Thoughts About Technology He’d Like to Share With You All

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The tide of technology has advanced so far that even America’s literary novelists can’t avoid the subject. Take, for example, Gary Shteyngart, who recently roamed the city wearing Google Glass on behalf of the New Yorker.

And so, today, the Guardian has published a rambling essay from Freedom author Jonathan Franzen. But rather than simply bitching about Twitter for 800 words, he apparently decided to go high-concept. Hence an opaque piece examining our age through the eyes of fin-de-siecle Viennese writer Karl Kraus. It’s an excerpt from a full-length book, in case you want to go real deep on the topic.

Uh, congrats about your 5 on the AP Modern European History exam, J-Franz? Read More

Video Killed the Radio Star

Let a Kid Named Pickle Davidson Regale You With His Wondrous Rap About the Internet

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One day, in the near future, babies will be born with webcams implanted into their cerebral cortexes which allow them to automatically broadcast to the web every single mundane moment of their tiny baby lives. Until then, we have young YouTube users, who upload cute and quirky videos to the platform with the hopes of gaining more followers and perhaps a sliver of microfame. Read More