The Right to Amplify

Ben Thompson offers interesting and informative scaffolding for deplatforming hate speech on the Internet in the wake of the Dayton and El Paso shootings. “None of this is easy. I am firmly in the camp that argues that the Internet is something fundamentally different than what came before, making analog examples less relevant than they […]

We Are All Celebrities Now

Anil Dash has published technology articles on the Internet for 20 years now. It’s hard to comprehend the dedication, the sheer act of will to consistently publish technology insights for that amount of time. More, it’s baffling the amount of change he has witnessed in technology during those two decades. It’s a staggering achievement. Celebrating […]

The Ascent of Man

Jacob Bronowski’s magnum opus is an affectionate and literary hat-tip to our species. In the forward of the book, he shares the story by which the BBC contacted him to create a television companion piece to parrot concepts lovingly expressed in the book. Through this story, Bronowski offers a comparative lens through which ideas are […]

Technopoly

I woke up early this morning. Apparently, one of the doldrums of age is losing the ability to sleep in on the weekends. It’s a bit of a bummer, but not entirely worthless. So I decided to finish reading Neil Postman’s Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. It’s an excellent book piecing through and […]

On Reading

“I had accidentally discovered one of the great disadvantages of books (a medium that is not exactly short on disadvantages at the moment). There is no team of brilliant and vaguely sinister engineers, cooking up ways to get you binge reading. There is no auto-play technology frictionlessly delivering you from one chapter of the novel […]

“All Empires Vanish”

Wired’s Virginia Heffernan writes an excellent, concise brief on Sheryl Sandberg, the embattled Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and author of Lean In. Heffernan stages the piece in a interesting way1, focussing not on a #meToo angle or tangentially the feminist perspective though Sandberg’s brand effuses both.  Instead, Heffernan posits Sandberg’s failure is one of […]