Gérôme-Black Bashi-Bazouk-c. 1869
The Aliens Within
by Douglas Coupland
At this point countless generations gaze with nostalgia (and a bit of envy for their offspring) at the colored bricks that were and are a part of happy childhood moments. Amazingly enough, the venerable Lego blocks have crossed decades practically intact, while reproducing themselves through parthenogenesis to hatch infinite, ever more complex solutions worthy of the legions of little engineers who have forged on with their tireless constructions. With their utopian appeal, Lego blocks couldn’t help but infiltrate the futuristic world par excellence, namely that of digital 3D. Douglas Coupland suddenly discovers that he was the prophet behind “Minecraft”: his text follows a trail of miniature bricks leading from the National Building Museum of Washington DC to the extraordinarily nimble little fingers of a 5-year-old digital native.