Constructive Disruption: On Derek Webb’s Mind Ctrl Part Two

Continued from yesterday

McDonald’s employees allegedly assaulted human cyborg Steve Mann in Paris, France on July 17, 2012. When this news item appeared in my Twitter feed, it marked the first time I had seen the word “cyborg” outside the realm of science fiction.

Two weeks after this incident, singer-songwriter Derek Webb released his latest album, Ctrl. In writing about the album on Twitter, Webb described it as an exploration of “the tenuous relationship between culture and technology.”

When I read about Steve Mann, I pictured him as a freewheeling, Happy Meal-eating renegade of the human race—one who lives at the topical intersection Webb describes as the heart of Ctrl. [Read more...]


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