Matt Civico
Matt lives and writes from Montreal, where he and his wife do their best to value food, friends and song over hoarded gold. He is the editor of Common Pursuits.
Towards Technopoly: The Broken Defences
Technology & Science
However imperfect the former things were, Postman is determined to argue for the value of the things we've lost.
8 min read
Learning The Steps of The Sidewalk Ballet
Community & People
An experience of "the ballet of the good city sidewalk" in Montreal.
5 min read
2020 Year-in-Review
Our top posts from 2020 for readers' enjoyment!
3 min read
Manual Competence & Analogue Joys
Technology & Science
It’s a strange experience in 2020 to value the constrained experience of an old Walkman more than the everything-right-now proposition of Spotify.
4 min read
Towards Technopoly: The Improbable World
Technology & Science
Postman describes the dangers of an instant and functionally unlimited media environment.
7 min read
A Time for Poetry & Time for Poems
Ideas & Culture
I read the words, but I don't read the poems, not really.
4 min read
More Convivial Tools for a Better Digital Life
Technology & Science
Ivan Illich and his concept of "conviviality" can help guide us toward better choices, and better communication, in 2020.
5 min read
Remote Work & Renewing Neighbourhoods
Community & People
Remote work should give people more freedom and flexibility, but how we use that freedom matters.
4 min read
The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Ideas & Culture
How we react to someone’s behaviour has a lot to do with the stories we tell ourselves. How can we tell better stories?
3 min read
Towards Technopoly: From Technocracy to Technopoly
Technology & Science
The machinery of the new technocracy was most efficient when people were seen not as “children of God or even citizens but as consumers—that is to say, as markets.”
6 min read
Towards Technopoly: From Tools to Technocracy
Technology & Science
Cultures, Postman says, can be divided into tool-using societies, technocracies, and finally, technopolies. Let's begin with tools.
6 min read
Attention in the Garden
Home & Food
Where Bake-Off took the venom out of cooking competitions, Gardeners’ World forgoes any contest at all. Instead, viewers tune in to Monty Don, and other presenters and guests, as he offers practical gardening advice and radiates appreciation for the slow, quiet world of things that grow.
3 min read
Towards Technopoly: The Judgement of Thamus
Technology & Science
Reading Neil Postman Series – In the opening chapter of Technopoly, Postman makes a case for taking technological change seriously. The cultural transformation caused by new technologies happens quickly, but it doesn’t have to happen thoughtlessly.
6 min read
For (and by) the Neighbourhood
Community & People
Not everything scales. Mass texts do not perform the same function as a knock at the door.
3 min read

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