Futurism, like the future, sure ain’t what it used to be, but I have a certain affection for The Well and Bruce Sterling. This edition is written by Sterling and fellow future-lookers Jon Lebkowsky and Malka Older. This caveat from Lebkowsky is deeply resonant right now:
Our contemporary media reality is a world of opinions, and opinions of opinions. Our media sense organs are clogged with the cruft of opinion, we hear little else. Factual accounts are occluded by excess of interpretation.
Like everyone, my sense of the state of the world depends on what I perceive through intermediaries. My sense of reality is inevitably distorted, especially as I’m sheltering in place and depending more than ever on media for access to the world.