Meta: I took the liberty of starting this instance because (a) I haven’t seen it in a while; (b) I wanted to share the book I just started reading. :)
So I’ll go first: You Are Not A Gadget by Jaron Larnier. So far seems very insightful and well-written: most of the times, reading a single paragraph makes me feel like pausing and considering: “wow, that was a really good point/argument” (in a way, that contrast’s testament to the kinds of shallow conversations we’re used to on the web – and what kinds of discussions such content inspires us to AFK).
It talks about how changes in technology can change the way perceive the world. Changing the perceptions of a significant amount of people at scale has been a “desirable” goal for a long time, but for the most of our history, it’s only been achieved through argumentation. In contrast, technologists can make us interact with artificial content in a way that makes us change our perceptions “from the inside out”. Well, that’s about as far as I’ve read, as I’ve been reading this for just a couple hours. Would love to hear more from other lobsters.