Early in the year 2012 Evgeny Morozov pronounced the death of the cyberflaneur. One could be forgiven for never having heard of this ill-fated figure, but for those whose use of the web stretches back to the 1990s, its behavioral description would certainly be familiar. The cyberflaneur – like the original flâneur – strolls, wavers, and drifts through the web’s streets without any immediate plan or purpose. What has changed in the web’s infrastructure over the years and what ‘killed’ the cyberflâneur?
We proudly present the 5th INC longform: The Web and its Wanderers, by Jeroen van Honk. You can read the latest longform here.
Jeroen van Honk is a writer living in Leiden, The Netherlands. He holds a B.A. in Linguistics and an M.A. in Book and Digital Media Studies. He is intrigued by what technology is doing to us. His work is divided between fiction and non-fiction and can be found at jeroenvanhonk [DOT] com.