We are undergoing a profound shift in the way we work, write, speak, decide, love, and remember; the engine behind this change is social media. My peers and I are the last generation who will remember the Before Time: life without ubiquitous screens, self without ceaseless quantification, expression without relentless monetization. As such, we have a civic duty to preserve the memory of the old reality and fearlessly discuss the ramifications of the new.
My thesis uses audio design to encourage a pause in our headlong rush towards the future, exploring the consequences of our changing notions of privacy, mortality, and community. The made product is a downloadable podcast entitled ‘Tales of the Future’, with episodes exploring the economy of ‘Liking’, the development of thanatosensitive design, and a previous instance of technological criticism: Thoreau’s opposition to the railroad.