Decentralized Censorship

The consequences of the privatization of the public sphere
As public discussion and commentary shifts from physical gathering places to social networks on the Web, the public sphere—if there is anything left of it—becomes privatized. In the new privatized public sphere … Continue reading

Public Happiness

Review of Hannah Arendt's "On Revolution"
Cato the Elder famously ended his speeches with the words: Carthago delenda est—Carthage must be destroyed. In a letter to John Cartwright, Thomas Jefferson recalled that famous plea in order to impress … Continue reading

Industrial Craftsmanship

Review of Leander Kahney's "Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products"
When Jony Ive was working on a radically modern telephone design for his final-year undergraduate university project at Newcastle Polytechnic, he invited his friend, Clive Grinyer, to take a look. When Grinyer … Continue reading


Why do people take endless photos and selfies of themselves in various locations? Why do people scribble their names on walls? Why broadcast minute details of their lives over social media? The … Continue reading

The Room

We wake up in a room, four solid walls without a door or any other opening, from which there is no escape. We exist for a little while in this prison, all … Continue reading


Imagine two hypothetical worlds. The inhabitants of the first world are immortal in body—they do not age, they cannot be harmed, they cannot die, their lives last forever. But they all have … Continue reading

Design Reductionism

Historically, the shape of the letter was dictated by the tool used to reproduce it. It is believed, for example, that the purpose of the serif at the end of the Latin … Continue reading

Self Expression

All action and creation are an expression of man’s self, in the most literal sense of expressing an idea onto the world. A brute wages war so that his name will be … Continue reading

5 Anti-Principles of Good Design

Simplicity, originality, utility, systematization and continuous evolution are the typical tenets of good design. I propose the opposite. Here are my anti-principles of good design: Continue reading

The World Beyond Experience

Post-modern individualist culture has no common goal or purpose—no empire, no religion. Everyone is an individual with their own tastes, dreams, views and ambitions. Everyone pursues their own goals, seeks out their … Continue reading

Further Reading

Proust wrote that the true voyage of discovery is not to visit strange lands, but to possess other eyes, to behold a hundred universes that each of them beholds. Thus, in the words of Ruskin, what good books give us is not mere knowledge, but sight.

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