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    aaronzlewis.com | Aaron Z. Lewis | 25 min
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    • deephdave
      Top reader this weekReading streakScout
      3 weeks ago

      But if there’s one thing that the pandemic has taught us, it’s that all of our virtual toys teeter precariously atop an infrastructural system that is currently under great threat (to say the least). Digital memory is material. The Cloud is made of rare earth. Lamps in video games use real electricity. In cyberspace, we’re constantly surrounded by simulations, abstractions, and pseudo-events that make it all too easy to forget about the geological stack that undergirds our virtual hall of mirrors. We forget that the garden of forking memes is rooted in the earth — in the underwater fiber-optic cables and server farms and electric “nervous systems” that connect us all together. Most designers and technologists try to hide the material complexity that lurks beneath the surface of the internet. They want it to be “indistinguishable from magic.” But if we continue to crop the earth (and the ecological crisis) out of the frame, we’ll soon cut off the very branch we’re sitting on. Without sustainable infrastructure, the digital garden will decay and disappear.

    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      3 weeks ago

      Excellent!

      A lot more to think about here (especially on the topic of time, which fascinates me) from the author of one of my absolute fav articles of these last few completely crazy months