a courier arrives from the next village on horseback with books, zines, letters, art prints, and a hard drive full of music and movies. we offload the drive while the courier joins us for lunch, sharing news — harvests, births, deaths, the goings-on of various governance councils — while we load a drive with our own new media. the courier leaves as full as they came, and well-fed besides.
do you understand? it was never technology that made humane relations possible. it was you and i, and our commitment to each other.
@garbados your story reminded me of part of this article in particular:
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