September 24, 2021

Promethean vs. Pastoral Mindset


In Venkatesh Rao's text, (Breaking Smart (2018), he distinguishes between the Promethean and Pastoral mindsets.  The Promethean champion embraces novelty and radical change, while the Pastoral resister remains encased in old paradigms, seduced by the comfort of nostalgia.


Rao locates the Promethean and Pastoral identities within the context of "software eating the world."  Specifically, the latter underestimates the compounding effects of technology over long periods of time, instead clutching on to the familiarity of the near past as the terrain actively shifts beneath him/her.

Reference: Citation: Venkatesh Rao, Breaking Smart: How Software Is Eating the World (2018)