What is The Convivial Society?

The Convivial Society is an effort to think about how technology mediates experience and structures society. It’s grounded in the history and philosophy of technology, with more than a sprinkling of media ecology. No hot takes, only shamelessly deliberate considerations of the meaning of technology, drawing promiscuously on an eclectic set of thinkers and disciplines.

The newsletter’s title pays homage to two older books—Jacques Ellul’s The Technological Society and Ivan Illich’s Tools for Conviviality—and it is written by Michael Sacasas, whose bylines include The New Atlantis, Real Life, The New Inquiry, the American, and Second Nature Journal and whose work has been cited in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and by at least one former vice-president.

If you’re still not sure about this guy, you can read some generous endorsements from Nicholas Carr and Evan Selinger here.

What should you expect?

The main newsletter will go out twice monthly. It includes a short essay and links to an eclectic array of resources for making sense of our time with varying degrees of accompanying commentary. You’ll get occasional updates to my work elsewhere, too.

Periodically, you will also receive shorter posts on specific topics or questions. Think of these basically as blog posts delivered to your inbox.

Occasionally, you will also receive excerpts from new or recent books on technology and society.

Why should you subscribe?

My aim is to keep the key part of this work, the twice-monthly newsletter, public.

So …

Subscribe to get full access to The Convivial Society: all the newsletters, shorter dispatches, and book excerpts.

Subscribe to join a thoughtful group of readers, whose comments and discussions will enrich your experience.

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