Apr 18 • 1HR 16M

The Work of the Internet

Justin E.H. Smith and I discuss why The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is

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The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is: A History, a Philosophy, a Warning

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In this wide-ranging discussion from May 2022, I talked to University of Paris professor Justin E.H. Smith about his book The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is.

Suggested Reading

Justin E.H. Smith's Substack

Smith, "It's All Over," https://thepointmag.com/examined-life/its-all-over/ 

"It's All Just Beginning," https://thepointmag.com/examined-life/its-all-just-beginning/ 

"The Internet Is Not as New as You Think," https://www.wired.com/story/the-internet-is-not-as-new-as-you-think/ 

"Working Arrangement," https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/family/working-arrangement


“The Philistine War on AI Art,” https://unherd.com/2023/01/the-philistine-war-on-ai-art/

“The Philosophy of Count Dracula,” https://unherd.com/2022/09/the-philosophy-of-count-dracula/

"Meritocracy and the Future of Work," https://www.newstatesman.com/ideas/2021/04/meritocracy-and-future-work

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If you subscribe to only one Substack, it should be Smith’s. So much bang for your content buck — and I’m hardly one to dole out compliments (consider the last time I offered unqualified praise for…well, anything).


This was one of the first pieces I read by Smith — who can be classed among the best intellectuals of this generation — and it’s well worth your time.