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Venkatesh Rao

5 articles

The Economics of Pricelessness

How to understand the real-world value of things that are worth nothing and everything at once.


The American Cloud

The “naked technological realities” of America’s heartland and how they power a “cosy coastal world of pretend farmers’ markets and happy cows.”


The Locust Economy

Groupon disasters, the behaviors of the consumer swarm, and how the "1% and the 90% [are] collaborating to prey on the 9% in the middle."

Eternal Hypochondria of the Expanding Mind

On nineteenth century invalidism and how societies have drugged themselves through tough transitions across history.


Welcome to the Future Nauseous

Why the future feels frozen in time, as framed by Marshall McLuhan (“We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.”) and William Gibson (“The future is already here; it is just unevenly distributed.”)