[Review] Civilization

[Review] Civilization

It’s a strange sensation to read a persuasive book by an author who you want to punch in the face. And yet there is something compelling about both his arguments and his form of argumentation.

Government Shutdown: History Repeats

It looks like the US government might soon shut down. Most media are covering the story as though it were unprecedented. In fact, as any regular reader of Lapham’s Quarterly knows well, rare is the newspaper article that hasn’t already appeared hundreds of...

Curation Frustration

Over at Idea Lab I just published my latest about everyone’s new favorite job title: curator. All my peeps these days are opening accounts on Tumblr and Posterous. It’s where they curate the web. Then there are links on Twitter, Delicious, and presumably...

Changes in Media Over the Past 550 Years

Still playing a lot of catch up. Over at Global Voices I published an interview I did with Caucasus Editor Onnik Krikorian. And over at Idea Lab I published a text version of my talk at Media Camp Kyiv. Teaser: Before movable type, Europeans depended on priests to...
Summary of Cloud Intelligence Symposium

Summary of Cloud Intelligence Symposium

This week I’m trying to put some ending punctuation on all the fragments of projects I’ve left scattered over the past couple months before setting my sights toward new projects for November and December. I received a lot of kind and charitable feedback...
Romania: 20 Years After the Revolution

Romania: 20 Years After the Revolution

I remember after the fall of communism in 1989 one of our famous political analysts said that our Romania will need at least 20 years to recover after communism and we were all laughing. And here we are, exactly after 20 years, seeing that he was perfectly right. And...
My Cloud Intelligence Talk at Ars Electronica

My Cloud Intelligence Talk at Ars Electronica

A video of my talk is available here. My slides are on SlideShare. What follows is a hyperlinked text of the notes in my slides. Darkness is our natural state. During the 200,000 years of human existence our species has only known electric light for .06% of that time....