Links March 24th
The theme of the week is text. Here’s what I’ve read recently about text.
That last term – narrate – should bring this whole discussion back to the point it never really left. As for the world of anthropology, so for the world of literature. It is not just that people with degrees in English generally go to work for corporations (which of course they do); the point is that the company, in its most cutting-edge incarnation, has become the arena in which narratives and fictions, metaphors and metonymies and symbol networks at their most dynamic and incisive are being generated, worked through and transformed.
I dislike the headline of this piece - it initially prevented me from reading the piece but it’s really a wonderful meditation on writing, stories and narratives in culture.
A lovely analysis and roundup of the various ways text is used as/for/instead of UI. Plenty to think about here as we race towards natural language, a world where the audio-only UI of Her is looming and we’re all going to be speaking into our dick-tracy-iwatches.
I can’t quibble with the details of your piece. It’s true that Medium and I are opposed to certain typographic shortcuts imported from the typewriter.
But by the end, I realized I disagree deeply with Medium about the ethics of design.
Can’t say I agree with all of this but it certainly made me think