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This is the audio edition of Real Life, a magazine about living with technology. The emphasis is more on living.

Real Life: Audio Edition Real Life Magazine

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

This is the audio edition of Real Life, a magazine about living with technology. The emphasis is more on living.

    173 - Wrong Road by David A. Banks

    173 - Wrong Road by David A. Banks

    The auto industry used political leverage to remake the physical world and embed future demand for its products, despite their self-evident destructiveness. Now the tech world is trying the same trick with phones and apps. Read more essays on living with technology at https://reallifemag.com and follow us on Twitter @_reallifemag

    • 24 min
    172 - Hard to See by Leo Kim

    172 - Hard to See by Leo Kim

    If trauma seems ubiquitous online, that’s because it has become the authentic experience par excellence — uniquely able to hold our gaze and compel us to keep watching. This casual misuse shouldn’t distract from the fact that “trauma" refers to a real mode of experience that demands seriousness, but we need to unpack the ways it has become synonymous with “the real."Read more essays on living with technology at https://reallifemag.com and follow us on Twitter @_reallifemag

    • 27 min
    171 - Kids’ Stuff by Richard Woodall

    171 - Kids’ Stuff by Richard Woodall

    The main strategy of the children's culture industry — transforming free play into a mania for collectibles and "commoditoys" — has been adopted by crypto startups, whose toy-like aesthetics are necessary for a digital asset class backed by nothing more than flows of sentiment. Read more essays on living with technology at https://reallifemag.com and follow us on Twitter @_reallifemag.

    • 20 min
    170 - Sneak Peeks by Rob Horning

    170 - Sneak Peeks by Rob Horning

    The social app BeReal promises respite from the pressure to perform, but its gimmick of forced spontaneity merely refines it in an effort to re-enchant the practice of posting to platforms. Obedience to the platform's rules doesn't cancel competition for clout among its users. Read more essays on living with technology at https://reallifemag.com and follow us on Twitter @_reallifemag.

    • 16 min
    169 - Masters of the Userverse by Grafton Tanner

    169 - Masters of the Userverse by Grafton Tanner

    A fantasy life of push-button convenience and technological coddling is just as much a “virtual world” as any metaverse. With the gig economy as their operating system, these "userverses" isolate consumers from each other and protect the exploitive system tech companies and venture capital have built. Read more essays on living with technology at https://reallifemag.com and follow us on Twitter @_reallifemag.

    • 15 min
    168 - Speech Bubbles by Lauren Collee

    168 - Speech Bubbles by Lauren Collee

    So far, audio-based social apps have not had major success. Perhaps this is because the human voice has contrasting associations: intimacy, on one hand; and the public-facing self, on the other. However, we should be vigilant: both associations operate on the notion that there is something “pure” about spoken forms of communication, and both are highly co-optable. Read more essays on living with technology at https://reallifemag.com and follow us on Twitter @_reallifemag.

    • 25 min

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