Hope in Source

Show Notes

How do we all act as protestants online? L.M. Sacasas joins Henry (4th time!?) to chat about material/digital culture, how we compensate for natural affordances in new digital interfaces, our inability to account for non-measurable losses, texture vs. frictionlessness, lofi, roguelikes, reality tv, ambient data capture, extracting our private life for gain, how digital space is more of a past rather a place. (Recorded August 2022) Transcript: https://hopeinsource.com/protestant
  • [00:00] Introduction
  • [04:15] The Everyday Texture of Material Culture
  • [07:11] Translated Affordances of Digital Interfaces
  • [09:11] The Burden of Note-Taking Systems
  • [10:36] No Accounting for Loss
  • [11:48] The Added Texture of Lofi
  • [14:54] Anchors of the Material World
  • [16:02] The Frictionless Life
  • [18:03] The Internal Motivation of Roguelikes
  • [19:42] The Language of Needs
  • [21:52] Liturgies and Mediums
  • [22:47] No Material Trace
  • [24:41] Compensating for the Losses of the Digital
  • [27:28] You can't capture me!
  • [29:11] Reality TV prepped us for the Very Online Life
  • [31:23] Ambient Capture and Surveillance Culture
  • [33:41] On the Terms of the Medium 
  • [35:41] Extraction of Private Life into Public Benefit
  • [38:28] On Loneliness and Making a Living
  • [41:45] Negotiating The Terms of Technology
  • [43:45] The Gradience of Relationality in Sidewalk Life
  • [45:12] Artificially Reconstituting Our Being in a Built Environment
  • [48:07] A Gaze Turned Pastward
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What is Hope in Source?

What are the parallels between faith and open source software? Join Henry Zhu for an off-the-cuff conversation between friends. Check out hopeinsource.com and nadiaeghbal.com/public-faith for the backstory!