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Net neutrality treats the Internet as a data pipeline, akin to a water pipeline. It doesn’t discriminate between the content that flows through it. That’s all net neutrality is. But there are Republican politicians who want to monetize the Internet … Continue reading
From the Neuron to the Coffee House to the Internet: Steven Johnson’s TED Talk on How Ideas Have Sex
Great, great TED talk. From the neuronal network in your skull to the coffee house to the Internet, the idea world is rhizomatic.
Then they started Skyping:
Steven Johnson on why the Internet-connected world may be a historic boon to human creativity and collective intelligence.
That’s Jim Gilliam’s thesis. The ghost of love has infected the global machine. A rather robust form of religious humanism, I’d say. To whom much is given, etc.
Answer: ambitions for offering massively open online courses. MOOCS. That’s what they’re calling them. This is really great news, and certainly puts on display the Internet’s power for good [New York Times]: Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday announced a … Continue reading
A little too boy-in-a-bubble claustrophobic for me, but I suppose one would get used to it. I didn’t look at this video and say, “Wow!” (as I expected to). Instead, I felt oddly vacant afterwards, as if Google Goggle Life would … Continue reading
The New York Times yesterday on what Dennis Blair, director of national intelligence, told U.S. Senators could come to America over the next six months: Mr. Blair began his annual threat testimony before Congress by saying that the threat of … Continue reading
A brilliant deconstruction. See the full post here. Here’s how it starts: This sentence contains a provocative statement that attracts the readers’ attention, but really only has very little to do with the topic of the blog post. This sentence claims … Continue reading
Kevin Drum at Mother Jones makes a prediction: I’ll stick with 2025 for now. There may be small local papers around for longer than that, but no big city dailies. New York will be the last to go, but in … Continue reading
I made this image last night as an artistic representation of my lifelong and chronic Hamlet-like agnosticism: All rights reserved.
Slate editor Jacob Weisberg tries the Kindle and thinks it will mark a historic shift in print culture. Money quote: Like the Rocket e-book of 1999 (524 titles available!), it will surely draw chuckles a decade hence for its black-and-white … Continue reading
The Twitter Slayers?: Will E-Readers and Russell Wilcox’s “E Ink” Save Us From the Dumbing-Down of Civilization?
Electronic media seems to be killing the book business and long-form journalism. Enter Russell Wilcox, CEO of E Ink. He is, according to Fortune magazine, perhaps the savior of the world (Jesus, step aside please). Wilcox is on a mission to literally rescue … Continue reading
With traditional newpaper journalism imploding before its competition with the Internet, New York magazine asks whether Columbia’s journalism school is imploding with it. Money quote: Part of the problem is the perception that the situation is “a zero-sum game,” as one … Continue reading
Link to Poe’s “Anastatic Printing” Essay (the One Where He Supposedly “Anticipates” Blogging and the Internet)
The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore posts Poe’s 1845 essay, “Anastatic Printing”, in full here. My observations here.
Dreams of a “NEW REGIME”? Did Edgar Allan Poe Really Foresee Blogging, the Internet, and the Decline of Publishers—Or Is This Quote of His Taken Out of Context—or Even FAKE?
Andrew Sullivan today posted a striking quote from Edgar Allan Poe that seems to anticipate blogging and the Internet, and the decline of publishers! I don’t know who tipped him off to this. Did he locate it himself, or did someone … Continue reading