IPR: My Digital Self

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Michael Sacasas has been thinking, writing and talking about the meaning of technology for over 10 years. He is the associate director of the Christian Study Center of Gainesville, Florida and author of The Convivial Society, a newsletter about technology and society. In this episode, Michael and I will be talking about his New Atlantis essay, “ The Analog City and the Digital City - How online life breaks the old political order”

In the essay, Sacasas contends that civilization at large is in the midst of an interregnum. The dieing hand of the past (analog culture) clings to the present while the future (digital culture) struggles to be born. We are in the place between.

Once stable societies have devolved into “hyper-pluralistic” places of ceaseless and irresolvable conflict. In the midst of this strife and confusion, computational algorithms - mysterious to all but a select few - manage the increasingly digital worlds that we inhabit. We revolt in response. We demand to be managed. Is it time for emerging digital societies to revivify analog public and private virtues?

Show Notes

The Place Between: The Analog City and the Digital City With L.M. Sacasas

The Analog City and the Digital City - How online life breaks the old political order
L.M. Sacasas

The Convivial Society

The Frailest Thing - Ten Years of Thinking About the Meaning of Technology

The Christian Study Center


The City of God - Augustine of Hippo

Alan Jacobs

Ivan Illich

Marshal McLuhan

Walter J. Ong

Hannah Arendt

Neil Postman


Fiddling while Rome converts
A generation of pagan bureaucrats amassed wealth and status while Roman emperors Christianised the world around them 

Excalibur - John Boorman

Constitutional Governments and the Social Contract

This podcast has been edited for content and clarity

What is IPR: My Digital Self?

The mixed blessing of the digital age has reached a turning point in what some have called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. My Digital Self, with host Matthew Foley, explores digital technology as it affects the interrelation of human rights, property rights, privacy, and money.

Will emerging blockchain technologies enable us to take back our privacy, own our identity and use non-sovereign digital currency, known as cryptocurrency, to engage in commerce? Listen to discussions with guests who explain these cutting-edge technologies, tell us how they are currently being used and pull back the curtain to our possible futures.

IPR Podcasts presents issues and analysis that matter to you from the world's thought leaders. The Institute for Policy Research [IPR] is an interdisciplinary policy research center of the Catholic University of America.