It was grim timing that BERG shut down just before Bruce Sterling released a digital booklet, THE EPIC STRUGGLE OF THE INTERNET OF THINGS. Bruce, in his usual blackly cheerful manner, breezes through the history and near future of the digital annexation of the domestic that was cutely denoted “the internet of things” or IoT, blowing away the glitter and the hand-waving and cutting down to the meat of the matter. Read this, and you will never want a networked device in your house ever. Perhaps particularly if you live outside America (as I do, and as Bruce mostly does), although the Anerican perspective is equally grim. And that’s what I like best about Bruce as an essayist. Not the grimness, although I find it pretty funny. The utter, blazing lack of bullshit or sentimentality. Show him anything of interest and he’ll have it skinned and boned and slapped on the counter for you with intelligence, skill and efficiency. And that’s what happens here. Start with the fluffy little IoT, end up with a document on corporate dictatorship and sociopolitical extinction. It’s a terrific read, and I’m so glad that Strelka Press released it.