The Convivial Society

L. M. Sacasas
Thinking about technology, society, and the good life.
Created 18 Mar 2019
  • You Can't Optimize For Rest
    01 Dec 2021 • 13 min read • 19 2
    Welcome to the Convivial Society, a newsletter about technology and culture. In this installment I write a bit about burnout, exhaustion, and rest. It doesn’t end with any neat solutions, but that’s k...
  • Earth Alienation As A Service
    24 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 23 8
    Welcome to The Convivial Society, a newsletter exploring the consequences of modern technology. Regular readers know that these installments are usually accompanied by an audio version, but being on t...
  • The Human-Built World Is Not Built For Humans
    12 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 37 8
    “I believe that a desirable future depends on our deliberately choosing a life of action over a life of consumption, on our engendering a life style which will enable us to be spontaneous, independent...
  • Pity, Power, and Presence
    11 Oct 2021 • 12 min read • 23 5
    Welcome again to the Convivial Society. This installment follows relatively quickly on the last, and you may be forgiven for not having yet made your way through that one, which came in at 4,500 words...
  • A World Ordered Only By Search
    07 Oct 2021 • 20 min read • 21 10
    Welcome to the Convivial Society, a newsletter about technology and culture. It’s been a bit longer than usual since our last installment, but I’m glad to report that this has been in part a function ...
  • Notes from the Metaverse (Audio Version)
    13 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    A week after the fact, here is the audio version of the last installment: “Notes from the Metaverse.” Ordinarily, the audio version accompanies the essay, but in this case you’re getting it a bit late...
  • Discussion Thread: Robo-Umpires, Automation, and Outsourced Judgment
    10 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 52 49
    Hello all, I’m returning to the open discussion thread format, which I tried out earlier in the year. In that first thread, I raised the topic of death and digital media, taking, as a point of departu...
  • Notes From the Metaverse
    05 Sep 2021 • 16 min read • 65 6
    Welcome to this latest installment of the Convivial Society. I’ve had a series of interconnected thoughts kicking around over the past few days, so I’ve resorted to a format I deployed once before and...
  • Nice Image You've Got There. Shame If It Got Memed.
    26 Aug 2021 • 12 min read • 15 3
    Welcome to The Convivial Society. In this installment, you’ll find some thoughts on the cultural consequences of digital media. A big chunk of new readers means that I’m being a bit more careful not t...
  • Outsourcing Virtue
    18 Aug 2021 • 17 min read • 24 2
    “What is fundamental to a convivial society is not the total absence of manipulative institutions and addictive goods and services, but the balance between those tools which create the specific demand...
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