This is the blog and research archive published by Chris Perry. I’m interested in how history, psychology, technology and media shape the way we perceive the world.
This year, I’m investigating one of the most consequential shifts in hundreds of years that will feature: 1) a looming coherence crash in the face of dramatic technical, political and societal change; and 2) rise of new agents that force us see the world, and ourselves, in ways we couldn’t before them.
My thesis is that disequilibrium felt in the balance will be so jarring it will require different philosophies, methods and sensibilities to navigate what’s ahead. To navigate the path forward we’ll need to investigate sense making disorders the way doctors come at biological dilemmas.
Specific subtopics of inquiry include: declines in discretion and trust (media collapse, disinformation campaigns); acceleration of man-machine media integration (algorithms and matching, synthetic media, AR+VR, bots and platform dynamics; and information and cyber conflict (culture wars, infowars, digital power dynamics).