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Submission + - The Google Bus as a Presage of Dystopia (lrb.co.uk)

glowend writes: Rebecca Solnit writes about the symbolism of Google buses to those who are not part of the new gold rush: "The buses roll up to San Francisco’s bus stops in the morning and evening, but they are unmarked, or nearly so, and not for the public. They have no signs or have discreet acronyms on the front windshield, and because they also have no rear doors they ingest and disgorge their passengers slowly, while the brightly lit funky orange public buses wait behind them. The luxury coach passengers ride for free and many take out their laptops and begin their work day on board; there is of course wifi. Most of them are gleaming white, with dark-tinted windows, like limousines, and some days I think of them as the spaceships on which our alien overlords have landed to rule over us."
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The Google Bus as a Presage of Dystopia

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