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Favoriting December 28, 2020: Best of 2020: tech books and video games

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Tonight: The best tech books and video games of 2020

See also:

The Video Games That Got Us Through 2020 (NYT, Dec 17, 2020)

Outtro tonight thanks to Duane and The Duane Train from December 16.

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Artist Track Album Comments Images Approx. start time
  Mark discusses the best tech books and video games of 2020.
Tomaš Dvořák  Game Boy Tune   Favoriting Machinarium Soundtrack   
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  Mark's intro      
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  David Courtwright, "Age of Addiction" excerpt     Techtonic from Feb 3, 2020    0:10:43 (Pop-up)
  Rana Foroohar, "Don't Be Evil" excerpt     Techtonic from Feb 24, 2020    0:16:32 (Pop-up)
  Toby Ord, "The Precipice" excerpt     Techtonic from Apr 20, 2020    0:26:45 (Pop-up)
  Steven Levy, "Facebook: The Inside Story" excerpt     Techtonic from May 25, 2020    0:35:41 (Pop-up)
  Elaine Kasket, "All the Ghosts in the Machine" excerpt     Techtonic from Aug 17, 2020    0:38:17 (Pop-up)
  William Deresiewicz, "The Death of the Artist" excerpt     Techtonic from Nov 2, 2020    0:41:21 (Pop-up)
  2020's best video games with DJ Paradox      
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0:44:49 (Pop-up)
JARC  Move On Up   Favoriting   Thanks to the Duane Train, Dec 16 episode 
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Listener comments!

Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:00pm
ultradamno:

Technumerators! Mark! Missed you so much during your break! So much so that I'm pretty sure next scheduled time you're out I expect I'll be taking a rest from the show for a week too!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:01pm
Webhamster Henry:

It's Mark's year end review!
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listener james from westwood:

Evening, Mark and all, and heave-ho to two-oh-two-oh!
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northguineahills:

off for food in a bit, will be listening en mi coche!
Avatar 6:04pm
Carmichael:

Heya Mark and techs.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm
melinda:

hi folks!
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-Ken:

Hi everybody
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Rand al'Thor:

Hello, all!
Avatar 6:09pm
HyperDose:

I trust the party girls have been locked away for the evening? This is a PG show Ken...
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northguineahills:

wfmu has always been a light R, hard R on the alternative streams ;p
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:10pm
-Ken:

Actually I am interviewing one of The Party Girls, right here on Techtonic, on Feb 8th
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:12pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Party girls, the hardest working people in show biz.
Avatar 6:13pm
HyperDose:

Ah so that's where the donations go, Ken's top secret WFMU artificial intelligence think tank!
Avatar 6:14pm
Carmichael:

Shoshone Lonstein?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:14pm
Bas NL:

Hi Mark! All!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:14pm
Webhamster Henry:

Don't Miss ..... the Techtonic Girls.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:15pm
-Ken:

I dont think either term really nails it - both Limbic Capitalism and Surveillance Capitalism dont quite describe what's going on, imo
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:15pm
melinda:

Darn tootin', it's wrong
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:17pm
-Ken:

There is a great sendup of Silicon Valley Billionaire idiocy in the new Charlie Brooker 2020 Year end wrapup on Netflix.. called Death to 2020. It also has a hilarious takedown of "karens."
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:17pm
ultradamno:

I dare not disagree.
  6:17pm
a polished polish lady:

Dance like only the government is watching
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:18pm
Mark Hurst:

Hi @Ken, hi everyone, thanks for joining!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:19pm
Mark Hurst:

@Ken agreed - we need multiple metaphors to begin to wrap our minds around what's happening. It's a multi-headed hydra... but Zuboff and Courtwright have done a great job in sketching out some of the contours..
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Stillwell Coney Islander:

Hi Mark, Nancy and Sluggo was my favourite comic book when I was a kid. :-))
  6:19pm
ed:

Mark should list the books here on the comments
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:20pm
melinda:

I still like my term 'surveillance biscuits' as a replacement for 'cookies', even if it's not the most accurate.
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HyperDose:

*nervously looks at wrist*
  6:20pm
Chuck:

Thoroughly enjoying the show! Definitely gonna have to get into some of these books
  6:21pm
ed:

Oh wait. I just updated the playlist. Ha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm
Rand al'Thor:

Hold on, I need to update the firmware on my sneakers.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:24pm
Bas NL:

Smelly sneakers alert!
  6:24pm
Chuck:

Don't bother- they'll still "run" on the older firmware ;)
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:25pm
Webhamster Henry:

Apple had an iPod connected Nike sneaker in the primordial iPod/iPhone days: www.apple.com...
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watchpocket:

I like the term "stealth surveillance" - You can't see it, hear it or smell it. Try getting your friends to use Signal Private Messenger. You'll either get a blank stare or an "I've got nothing to hide" or, if your lucky, a "why?"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:29pm
Mark Hurst:

@Chuck thanks! These books are all well worth reading.
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Mark Hurst:

@watchpocket my guest next week will talk more about that very idea - the vague feeling that you're being watched, all the time.
  6:31pm
ed:

Ferrets! Um...anyone a bit concerned that the little mutating buggers are sold nationwide at Petco and other big pet store chains? Eeek!
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HyperDose:

QR code viruses, that's a terrifying thought
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:35pm
watchpocket:

@Mark That feeling is no loner an irrational one. And it just reminded me that my webcam (which I keep unplugged when I'm not using it) was plugged-in just now.
  6:35pm
P-90:

That probably WAS the “scariest” six minutes, in a year with some scary stuff...
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watchpocket:

Erratum: No *longer*
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:38pm
Webhamster Henry:

The COVID-19 genome is on the internet; I stuck it as musical material into my app Enumero.
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tw2sheds:

1984 would have been a different book entirely if Orwell had realized people would stand in line to PAY FOR the cameras and microphones!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:42pm
ultradamno:

It would be nice if printer technology improved even a little.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:42pm
Webhamster Henry:

It's be nice if the ink didn't cost more than the printer!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:43pm
Mark Hurst:

@tw2sheds Orwell tried to warn us. Now it's happening.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:43pm
ultradamno:

For sure.
  6:44pm
ed:

I bought the Death of the artist after listening to the show. Got about 30 pages into the book and had to put it aside. As an artist I was about to throw myself off a bridge after reading that much of the book.
  6:44pm
goes211:

@Webmaster Henry...I think Kodak actually gave away cameras at one point...the money was in the film and developing!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:45pm
Webhamster Henry:

@goes211 ... also known as the give-away-the-razor-make-em-buy-the-blades strategy.
  6:46pm
goes211:

YUP!
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-Ken:

Go DJ Paradox!
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Webhamster Henry:

It's be nice if the actual printers also didn't break all the time. And crimp and crunch reams of paper.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:48pm
ultradamno:

Ha! I was just thinking of razors as analogous to printer cartridges as items with an inexplicable price markup
  6:48pm
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What was the name of the book you mentioned earlier about
limbic? Love your show
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:48pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Maybe a show in early 2021 can be about trends for the new year. I'm predicting AI-generated hot takes will become popular.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:49pm
Webhamster Henry:

"what the market will bear" -- Epson & HP (and probably others) won't allow you to use 3rd party inks.
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tw2sheds:

1984 was about savvy governments using tech and propaganda, but ours still seem to be clueless.....
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:49pm
Folsom:

I think rocket league is free on epic game store
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:50pm
-Ken:

That was David Courtwright talking about "Limbic Capitalism." He wrote "The Age of Addiction"
Avatar 6:51pm
tw2sheds:

Is there a streaming service set up for/by artists? Why not? I'm sure there's lots of discouraging answers to this....
  6:51pm
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Thanks Ken
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Bas NL:

Bought a razor today.. quick calculation.. 30000 youtube streams?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:51pm
-Ken:

Bring back "Breakout" - designed by Steve Jobs for Atari, pre-Apple
  6:52pm
northguineahills:

I know rocket league. Itt’s fun!
  6:52pm
ignatatus666:

Does WFMU have to pay artists or no because they are a not for profit?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:52pm
Webhamster Henry:

I'm in RewardMusic, set up buy some artists including Dweezil Zappa. Their idea is to get as much money to the artists as possible. Still, Bandcamp is pretty good, and people know to look there.
  6:53pm
Bea:

Among Us instead of recess!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:53pm
Webhamster Henry:

I'll just mention that my son has a visual novel game up on Steam that's a big hit in China.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:53pm
Luisa24:

Aren't video games highly addictive? Why are they okay in the Techtonic guide to technology but not social media, for instance? Curious.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:54pm
-Ken:

Yes WFMU pays artists via the PRO agencies. We spend over $20 grand a year on royalties. We pay ASCAP, BMI, Sesac and Soundexchange for rights and royalties. How much of our payments actually makes its way to artists is anybody's guess.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:54pm
Rand al'Thor:

I played a bit of Hades. It was okay.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:54pm
listener james from westwood:

I played a few boards of the 1993 Doom a few weeks back via the Archive.org emulator. Felt good just to blast sprites for a spell.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:54pm
-Ken:

Excellent point Luisa24
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm
Ike:

@LJfW, sounds good -- got a link?
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listener james from westwood:

BIG MONEY! BIG PRIZES!
  6:55pm
ignatatus666:

Thanks Ken
I always wondered about that. What about the independent artists?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:56pm
Bas NL:

Games creators are well payed, aren't they? Something works there..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm
Rand al'Thor:

Thanks for the show, Mark!
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HyperDose:

Thanks Mark, Ken, and guests. Very informative show!
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listener 126464:

Thanks Mark & DJ Paradox.
  6:58pm
P-90:

Better Victory Dance music this time
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:59pm
Bas NL:

Thanks Mark! I'll be hearing you again in the New Year!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm
melinda:

I thought last week's music was fun
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:59pm
watchpocket:

Great show, Mark, pulling these strands together. Thanks for all your important work.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm
melinda:

thanks Mark!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 7:00pm
Webhamster Henry:

See you next year, Mark & Friends!
  7:00pm
P-90:

Thanks for another year of Techtonic, Mark.
Happy New Year...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm
Mark Hurst:

Thanks, everyone! Appreciate you sticking with me this year. Have a happy new year.
Avatar 7:01pm
Stillwell Coney Islander:

Thank you Mark!
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