The Cyberflâneur

The Cyberflâneur section of The Syllabus matches the mighty knowledge infrastructure of The Syllabus with the ingenuity, eclecticism, and verve of our rotating guest-editors. Every week, one of our trusted guides – artists, intellectuals, academics, journalists – will choose a dozen interesting links and write a sentence or two to explain their selections.

These selections are not random. Together with the editorial team of The Syllabus, the guest-editors first define a list of topics for their respective week. In this, they have a free hand. We then unleash the power of The Syllabus to find the best recent pieces – across text, video and audio – on these subjects. Finally, the guest-editors narrow down that list to a dozen of their favourite items.

The Cyberflâneur saunters where others sprint. We want to inject a very different temporality and pace into the increasingly stressful ritual of link-sharing. The rhythms of Twitter or Facebook are simply too maddening. Our hope is to let you experience the most exotic and hidden parts of the Web through the eyes of talented, eccentric, erudite, and interesting people. Yes, this has all the excitement of the World Wide Web circa 1995 – and we are not ashamed of it. The cyberflâneurs might be (almost) dead but we do hope to protect – and cherish! – the survivors.

Our cyberflâneurs so far:

#1 Brian Eno – Musician, Record Producer, Visual Artist

#2 Hito Steyerl – Artist, Filmmaker, Writer

#3 Adam Tooze – Professor of History at Columbia University

#4 Rana Foroohar – Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times

#5 Samuel Moyn – Professor of Law and History at Yale University

#6 Rem Koolhas – Architect

#7 Paul Mason – Journalist, Filmmaker, Author

#8 Shehla Rashid – Activist & Academic

#9 Holly Herndon & Mat Dryhurst – Musicians, Artists, Technologists

#10 Raquel Rolnik – Architect & Urban Planner

#11 Laleh Khalili – Professor of International Relations at Queen Mary University

#12 Zephyr Teachout – Professor of Law at Fordham University

#13 Quinn Slobodian – Historian and author of Globalists

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