How Did We Get Here

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"It is clear that the environmental impact of cyberspace is anything but 'virtual.'"

Dr. Josh Lepawsky--a geographer and technology researcher--takes us into the world of our tech. Pull out your phones for this adventure through cyberspace--and, it turns out, our own backyards.

Show Notes

HOW DID WE GET HERE flips the migrant story.  Come, here the story of us.

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Dr. Josh Lepawsky joins us from St John's off the Atlantic. Author of Reassembling Rubbish: Worlding Electronic Waste, Josh's recent Medium piece "Our Tech Addiction is Creating a 'Toxic Soup'" tells how the "world in our pocket"--our phones--have a story of their own.

And a more profound environmental impact than we can imagine.

Listen in to what the "cloud" is leaving behind.**

Honorable Mentions
* William Gibson's novel Neuromancer - coining "cyberspace"
Prince of Wales High School teacher & storyteller, Mr. Jones
99% Invisible - A podcast on all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. Here's the Hawaiian shirt episode.
* This is the text Josh read: "We acknowledge that the lands on which Memorial University’s campuses are situated are in the traditional territories of diverse Indigenous groups, and we acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province."

Keep following the story @rubbishmaker.

Glossary: What is the Age of Anthropocene? Fossil fuels? What is "the cloud?" Where is the cloud? Wall-E? Some parts of cyberspace infrastructure may be biodegradable--learn more from this burgeoning research on bacteria and e-waste.

**Forgive hiccups on our sonic adventure. The conversation took place on a massively stormy day in the North Pacific. A loud, confused rooster or two and heavy downfalls led to a couple abrupt cuts. I promise, they had it harder out there.**

What is How Did We Get Here?

HOW DID WE GET HERE are stories from all corners of the planet, flipping ideas of how we move through this life and what's really going on here.

Part Accident | History | Comedy | Tragedy | Family Saga | Economic Sojourn | Environmental Hustle | Political Battle | Technological Travail | Wonder | Grace | Triumph of Chance & Will | Refuge | Prayer | Survivor Tale | Gathering.

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