On Technology, Capitalism, and Isolation

The history of technology and capitalism has led to an age of unparalleled connectivity and abundance for much of humanity, but it has also, paradoxically, led to ever greater isolation.

This is illustrated in the transition from the communal space of live theatre to its…

During this last year I spent more time in front of screens than at any other point in my life. In the darkest days of the pandemic living a digital life made the isolation considerably more bearable.

Now (thanks to vaccines) it appears that we will be returning to a…

Let’s begin with a definition of terms: novelty according to the OED is derived from the Old French word novelte meaning new, fresh, and habit also derived from Old French abit, meaning dress attire, but has come to mean a physical or mental constitution.

Both of these words play a…

We are never really hungry, never truly uncomfortable, never really lost, never more than a phone call or a swipe away from some form of instant gratification. …

Why You Can’t Improve

There has likely never been a culture more obsessed with self-improvement than our own. …

Many years ago, when I lived in San Francisco, I worked at a café that was across the street from a rehabilitation facility. This facility was filled with various types of addicts, many of who had been put there by court order.

These folks would be up at the crack…

Joe Montesano

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