Ian Bogost reflects on the Magic Bands – tracking wristbands for Disneyland resort guests. “The MagicBand is the world’s largest and most diverse experiment in wearable data fashion. … It’s a subtle alternative to both the dystopic surveillance state and the autarkic techno-futurist corporation. Here at Disney World, commerce takes place within a real, bounded physical community, and one already premised on the idea of fantasy in the first place. Perhaps this is all we really want: to participate in the fantasy of the future, to be invited to ponder and respond to it ourselves, rather than to be presented with it already formed.”

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