So, let’s see, Microsoft pays AOL $750 million, AOL switches to Internet Explorer, and the two biggest behemoths in the online world start working together instead of competing. The next time you hear anyone in the Bush administration talk about the importance of competition and the free market, remember whose Justice Department it was that […]
The media have jumped all over this story about the study that shows playing shoot-em-up videogames increases visual attention skills. Could gaming really be good for you? Well, I don’t doubt that playing games can be a good thing in some cases, and I’m not looking to join any kind of down-with-gaming posse. But there […]
Reading this fascinating story in today’s Times, about a rebellion of teens in a sort of quasi-military disciplinary camp in Costa Rica named Dundee Ranch, I read a name that sounded weirdly familiar: Narvin Lichfield. (OK, it’s the kind of name you remember.) Hadn’t I edited a story involving this person? Yes — Andrew Leonard […]
A Moving N.Y. Times op-ed by Ellen Ullman about how cross-generational knowledge transfer is suffering in the software industry with so many programmers out of work. Read it for her encomium to the “mysterious places, wild people, dreamers and tinkerers” that are the sources of innovation.
I’ll spare you the “nevermore” jokes, but it does seem like The Raven, one of my all-time favorite Salon blogs, has hung up his keyboard, at least for now. I’ll miss his caustic and restless reviews of the news.
Had nations better understood the potential of the Internet, I suspect they might well have strangled it in its cradle. Emergent technology is, by its very nature, out of control, and leads to unpredictable outcomes. As indeed does the emergent realm of the digital. I prefer to view this not as the advent of […]
Dan Gillmor’s on-the-scene report about OhmyNews, South Korea’s hugely successful experiment in grassroots-up online journalism. Most unexpected fact: The site’s progressive founder got some of his inspiration from his time as a student at Pat Robertson’s Regent University in Virginia, observing the way American conservatives get their message across in the U.S. media. Also: “Dynamics […]