Understanding Modernity Hiply

A graduate student sent me this video with the note “It may be the best ‘text’ on modernity I’ve seen in a long time.” There are some great subtle moments in it. Whoever made it has read far too much Edward Tufte.


Christopher M. Kelty is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a joint appointment in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the department of Information Studies and the Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on the cultural significance of information technology, especially in science and engineering. He is the author most recently of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on open source and free software, including its impact on education, nanotechnology, the life sciences, and issues of peer review and research process in the sciences and in the humanities.