The dream of systems so perfect no one will need to be good remains explicitly compelling in many quarters. It is also tacitly embedded in the practices fostered by many of our devices, tools, and institutions. So it’s worth thinking about how this dream manifests itself today and why it can so easily take on a nightmarish quality.
"Besides I’ve turned that notification off, as any sane person would." I did the same. I would love if Substack would give writers the options to disable stats entirely for those like myself who aren't invested in the financial/ROI side of things.
Just finished the piece at Comment as well. Great work, thank you. The part about Baotou was sobering. It can be easy for people like me, who don't use a smartphone anymore, to pat ourselves on the back, but there are still ramifications for the "non-smart" devices we use. I don't think about that nearly enough.