the porous city

pancake people
"...a new kind of self—evolving under the pressure of information overload and the technology of the 'instantly available'. A new self that needs to contain less and less of an inner repertory of dense cultural inheritance—as we all become 'pancake people'—spread wide and thin as we connect with that vast network of information."

The author's ideal "complex inner density" has never been achievable by very many people. It demands an orderly life, access to high-quality education, and lots of free time for reading and long walks. Only the elites tend to have this, which is maybe why we value it so much.

last modified: 00:57:00 14-Mar-2005
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