Technology once made a god of America. Now America is technology's slave. What happened? And how do we reclaim our humanity?
“In a scorching, searching guide to saving our souls from the digital apocalypse, James Poulos shows how the swarm of programs and devices unleashed by our leaders has transformed our lives and defied our dreams, throwing the future into terrifying doubt. Scrambling for control at any price, today’s ruling factions tempt us to grant them absolute power with utopian promises of superhuman autonomy and dystopian threats of subhuman servitude. But godlike fantasies and buglike nightmares won’t snatch back our destiny from the jaws of the digital swarm. By turns autobiographical, philosophical, and polemical, Poulos holds a mirror of clarity up to the maelstrom of our collapsing world. Rising above the din of the discourse, he reveals how the first generation of the digital age can retake control of our technology by restoring our full humanity—and how their parents must save them from the new cyborg system bent on ensuring they never come of age.”
James Poulos creates and advises brands and enterprises at the intersection of technology, media, and design. He is the cofounder and executive editor of the American mind at the Claremont Institute and the cofounder and publisher of Return at New Founding.
He is the author of the Art of Being Free and his work has appeared in the Claremont Review of Books, Le Figaro, National Affairs, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among many other publications.
He holds a PhD in government from Georgetown University and a BA in political science from Duke University. A fellow at the Center for the Study of Digital Life, he was previously the communications director at the Heraion Foundation, a veterans-run rescue and recovery nonprofit operating in failed and fragile states.
He lives on the edge of Los Angeles.