Books


Wiener, Norbert. The Human Use of Human Beings : Cybernetics and Society.


(This book is useful to me because it declares cybernetics as a scientific field of study. Nobert Wiener was one of the early post WWII visionaries who conceived the probable future between humans and machines. It provides a technical framework for what constitutes as men, machines, and their interconnections. This book provides some perspective into what scientists and theorists were thinking at the time and I can compare it to modern day.)


Adorno, Theodor., et al. Aesthetics and Politics.


(This book will be used for the authors’ insight on art, aesthetics, and social change. Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Bertolt Brecht, and Georg Luckács became some of the biggest minds in 20th century German philosophy. It will give me some perspective on the previous century and what these thinkers were concerned with. I hope it will connect with some of the things I am concerned with in the age of the Internet and information.)


Wardrip-Fruin, Noah, and Nick Montfort. The NewMediaReader. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2003., 2003.


(This collection of essays and articles from scientists, writers, artists, and theorists gives me further insight into the slow progression of new media and technology becoming engrained into society. I hope to utilize both optimistic and technophobic accounts to further analyze the pros and cons of technology into society as a whole.)


Kress, W.John, and Jeffrey K. Stine. Living in the Anthropocene : Earth in the Age of Humans


(This book includes analytical writings from environmentalists, scientists, writers, and artists who concern themselves with the current geological era known as the anthropocene. My goal in using this book is further analyze humanity’s impact on planet Earth and how these environmental impacts are affecting us presently as well as forever altering the state of the future.)


Articles


Hardin, Garret. “The Tragedy of The Commons.”


(This article from 1968 discusses ideas about people acting on self-interest rather than considering their individual impacts on the greater whole. I hope to use this article to articulate some thoughts on society and how individuals have to sacrifice greed and personal wealth in order to have a more balanced environment and society.)


Websites


Julius Horsthuis


(Julius Horsthuis is in the forefront of fractal art. Working with VR, dome installations, and music videos. His work inspires me to make fractal art.)


Rudy Rucker


(Rudy Rucker is computer scientist and mathematician who I discovered while reading things about the Mandelbulb. He's also a science fiction writer apparently that was his first passion. His blog provides some compelling insight into the mind of a working computer scientist who has a interesting outlookg on the world. His fiction stories are fun to read as well.)


Koenig, John. Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows


(I want to utilize Koenig’s dictionary to articulate some reflective thoughts on the human psyche. I plan to use it as a tool for describing human nature and its discrepancies within the larger context of self vs. self, and self vs. society.)


Popova, Maria. Brain Pickings


(Maria Popova writes some wonderful essays and reflections on books she’s read on her website. I may use her website to gather some external thoughts and quotes from great writers and poets.)


Multimedia


Her. Directed by Spike Jonze


(Her is a powerful movie that touches on our intense yearning for love. In the near future, Spike Jonze depicts a future where we commodity love and affection. A reflection on human beings constant struggle to create tools and tech to fix not just practical problems, but fix emotional and mental problems as well. I may use ideas from the movie to facilitate making points about evolution and our struggle to battle universal entropy. Raising questions if some things are meant to be accepted as natural, or if it is worth the effort to want to control chaos, love, relationships, and nature.)


Century of the Self. Directed and Produced by Adam Curtis


(A mind blowing documentary that I may use to talk about the engineering of consent derived by Edward Bernays. The research of his uncle Sigmund Freud helped him and other American capitalists use the study of human psychology and behavior to sell products. I may use this reference to discuss the need to gain control not just over nature, but the masses as well. How we have an engrained mechanism for control, wealth, and power in the modern globalized world rooted deeply from the 20th century and how this mechanism drives the unstoppable speed of consumerism.)