Ok, so this is a weird one.
I recently ran across a blogpost, referencing a blog post some 7 years old, referencing a book written a decade prior. Each of which is hugely influential to the way I look at world, media and information flow in general. Let's unpack it...
Manfred in the title of the post is the main character from Charles Stross' SF novel Accelerando. It goes from near-future (at the time of book writing), to technological singularity to far future. It's a great book (although Charlie basically disowned it), but the truly mind-blowing (and I do mean mind-blowing) part is the first third, the near-future part of the book. And it's a theme of a blog post, written by Warren Ellis (writer, not Nick Cave's musician pal), author of (among other stuff) influential comic book series Transmetropolitan.
I do recommend reading the book, but the blog post hits the important ideas:
It's this part that hit me like a ton of bricks:
Do you ever feel like that upon waking? Six hours behind the moment. Sleeping took you off the road to the future.
It so perfectly summed up what I do most of my waking time: trying not to be behind the moment. I know many people prefer to take it slow, to unplug, but knowing that so much cool and new and exciting stuff is going down right now, I simply cannot bear the thought of being left behind. And so, my relentless media diet.
Anyways, here's an update from the 2019 perspective, by a Turkish writer and activist Ahmet Sabancı: