Highlights from the Cyberflâneur #1

The unofficial motto of The Syllabus is: “The high-quality content is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” To that end, we strive not only to find the most interesting and insightful content every week but also to ask others – the thinkers we trust and admire – to discover their own gems in our rapidly expanding archive. They are our cyberflâneurs, hailing from very different worlds, from music (Brian Eno) to architecture (Rem Koolhaas) to journalism (Rana Foroohar).
We have featured fifteen of them so far. To mark the occasion, we’ve chosen some of the most intriguing pieces suggested by the first ten. We plan to make this Highlights edition a monthly fixture.
If you have any ideas for potential future cyberflâneurs, just respond to this email.

Land and Territory
A Podcast Chosen By Brian Eno:
A Podcast Chosen By Brian Eno:
“Why the UK is in such a deep hole, why the attempted national suicide of Brexit happened, and why we need a new politics. Also applies to the US, by the way…”
An Essay Chosen by Hito Steyerl:
An Essay Chosen by Hito Steyerl:
“Has Google become an all powerful usurer of language?…Who owns language?”
A Report Chosen by Adam Tooze:
A Report Chosen by Adam Tooze:
“An unusually thought-provoking collection of essays from the left on the global green new deal.”
An Academic Article Chosen by Rana Foroohar
An Academic Article Chosen by Rana Foroohar
“An economy based on pleasure, rather than one based on speed – what an idea! It’s something that we’ll have to move towards as the robots do everything but what it most human.”
An Academic Article Chosen by Samuel Moyn
An Academic Article Chosen by Samuel Moyn
“Armed with a good title, political theorist Bill Scheuerman struggles to reconcile liberal critiques of populism today with acknowledgment of economic factors.”
An Academic Article Chosen by Rem Koolhaas
An Academic Article Chosen by Rem Koolhaas
“After searching for intellectual ways to ‘resist’, we are suddenly confronted with evidence of very efficient resistance – yellow vests/tractors that are coming from a – for ‘us’ – unexpected side? Do we align or resist resistance?”
An Academic Article Chosen By Paul Mason
An Academic Article Chosen By Paul Mason
“The far right is evolving, and in its most dangerous form it abandons social conservatism for the defence of e.g. gay rights and gender equality as a rhetorical tool to unite the nation against ‘backward’ migrants, and to whip up Islamophobia. This study draws on the experience of the hipster far right in the Netherlands, Sweden and France.”
An Essay Chosen By Shehla Rashid
An Essay Chosen By Shehla Rashid
“Can ‘reading’ literary fiction make AI more humane? Can it remind us of our humanity if we were to lose it along the way, just as it currently reminds us of our tasks? Provocative and beautifully written.”
A Podcast Chosen by Holly Herndon and Matt Dryhurst
A Podcast Chosen by Holly Herndon and Matt Dryhurst
“This is an incredible piece of radio by Errollyn Wallen confronting the painful and difficult topic of how to approach the legacy of a celebrated racist composer.”
A Video Chosen by Raquel Rolnik
A Video Chosen by Raquel Rolnik
“Angela Davis, one of the leading voices against racism and its connection with a highly exploitative capitalism. One of her targets is the prison industrial complex, which for her links clearly race and class.”
Want More?
Here are the ten cyberflâneurs featured and links to more of their selections.
#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 – Columnist and 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 & Matt Dryhurst – Musicians & Technologists
#10 Raquel Rolnik – Architect & Urban Planner
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