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Mark Hurst is an early Web pioneer who has become one of Big Tech’s sharpest critics. Hurst’s Creative Good newsletter and Techtonic radio show chart the spread of Big Tech into all areas of life and work. His GoodReports.com site lists alternatives to Big Tech platforms. Earlier in his career, Hurst founded the Gel (“Good Experience Live”) conference, which debuted projects like Wikipedia and Khan Academy. He is the author of two books about technology: “Bit Literacy” (2007) on information overload, and “Customers Included” (2nd edition, 2015) on building customer-friendly digital products.

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency and the four-book series of World Made By Hand novels, set in a post economic crash American future. His most recent book is Living in the Long Emergency; Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward. Jim lives on a homestead in Washington County, New. York, where he tends his garden and communes with his chickens.

9 Responses to “KunstlerCast 354 — Mark Hurst asks: Is Digital Tech Doing Evil?” Subscribe

  1. tom clark February 9, 2022 at 5:17 pm #

    Surprised there are no comments yet. Let me be the first. Great interview, Jimbo, and hope anymore discussion of Covid is in the can.
    Mark Hurst is a dandy…hope you have him back.

    • mrmiller February 13, 2022 at 12:53 am #

      Yeah, I always find it kind of crazy that Kunstler’s podcasts have nowhere near the amount of comments that his blogs do. On the one hand, it’s weird, on the other hand, my comments don’t get drowned out by all the others. Once the amount of comments hit around 200, I don’t feel like saying anything.

  2. SoftStarLight February 10, 2022 at 11:45 am #

    Awesome interview! Thank you Mr. K. I look forward to hearing more from Mark on big tech’s role in supporting authoritarian regimes around the world. So glad that you are covering these topics!!

  3. Dr. Coyote February 10, 2022 at 8:44 pm #

    I like how Hurst maps out a happy medium between the onrushing technofascism and a full-on Butlerian Jihad. (though I’m increasingly kind of ok with option #2) Especially, thanks for the link to goodreports.com

    As usual Jim, great interview, keep’em coming.

  4. StayPureblood February 11, 2022 at 12:38 pm #

    Various doctors say families of loved ones hospitalized with covid19 are resorting to desperate measures when approved treatments(slow death protocols) have failed. When it’s not too late, some have seen tremendous success by sneaking Ivermectin medication prohibited by hospitals to patients. It is really sad situation what has our country become. You can get your ivm by visiting https://ivmcures.com

  5. thirdcoastlegend February 11, 2022 at 3:33 pm #

    Another thoughtful, high-quality interview. So much interesting ground was covered it’s difficult to know where to begin.

    I believe Mark’s solutions are spot on.

    Starving Big Tech of our time, money, and attention are the best first steps that we can take towards exiting this mess.

  6. SG-71 February 12, 2022 at 10:43 pm #

    I just come here for “Two Rivers Waltz” and then some voice comes on and hits me with knowledge. It works for me…

  7. mrmiller February 13, 2022 at 1:05 am #

    I’ve tried to make the point before, but I’ll try again. The first step to ‘fighting back’ is to have Americans talk to each other out in public. They don’t where I live. This isn’t because Americans are too addicted to their phones and computers to engage with each other, but because almost all the places out in public where I live are restaurants, and people don’t like talking to each other when they eat.

    Maybe it’s all part of the conspiracy by the elites to keep us down. Since Americans don’t talk to each other very much in public, and most of their decisions are made through their computers, it’s a WHOLE lot easier to influence us through our online activity, on THEIR terms. They can choose what to show us through searches and various other means, and if Americans could actually make deliberate decisions with EACH OTHER, in person, they could start to take the power away from these giant tech companies.

    If that’s truly what you claim you want, anyway.

  8. Bill of Rights March 5, 2022 at 9:30 am #

    Never knew how the pupils are under constant surveillance when they take tests. Thanks for another informative interview Jim.