RIP, Ivan Illich
Deceased, in Berlin, at the age of 76, sociologist and political philosopher Ivan Illich.
He was best known as a critic of institutionalized education and religion. And while anarchists with an anti-capitalist bent are not my usual cup of tea, his works of principled media critique such as
Tools for Conviviality as well as other essays pointed a way toward what some of us hacking around with new media in the '80s called convivial or symmetric media. While it was never clear that he had made a peace with technology, his spirit lives in the Web and blogs.
I'll remember and miss him. Go in peace.