In a little more than a month, I'll be heading off to Saas Fee, Switzerland, to go to school. This is my first summer residency in the Master's in Media and Communications program at the European Graduate School. The lineup of instructors is simply mind-boggling: Paul Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky, that Subliminal Kid, Martin Hielscher, Michel Houellebecq, Sandy Stone, Carl Mitcham, Bruce Sterling and the Quay Brothers.
I am spending a great deal of time preparing for the trip, basically reading reading reading. (Most of the books you see on my recent reading list (at least the top 15 or so) are assigned in preparation for this.) That is why the blogging has been, and will continue to be, light.
One of the books I just finished for class (assigned by Sterling), Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing, is simply fantastic. The author is Adam Greenfield, and I'll be writing a fuller review of the book for the New Communications Review at the end of the month. This is one of those deceptively simple books that will start -- and keep -- you thinking. I, for one, read it in about a day and a half and haven't been able to stop reacting to it at the oddest moments, as it makes you think about your life's activities, the news, and so on in new and different ways. I hope to snag Adam for an interview, which I'll publish with the review if I am so lucky.
In the meantime, I'll keep posting about once a week (except when I am onsite in Saas Fee, I suspect). I have also started the planning process for a weekly podcast (finally, I am going to take the leap!) that will start up in the fall; sooner if I have the time. It won't be a talk-show/interview format, but rather comprise short-form (and I mean short!) opinions/mini-lectures by yours truly about theory, strategy etc., which will hopefully prove inspirational in your daily jobs. Stay tuned for more detail there!
Now, back to the books!