SeeChange

SeeChange

I doubt that we’re on the cusp of a great schism between the surveilled and those that forsake the convenience of networked technologies in the pursuit of freedom. I do, however, agree with Richard Stallman that we need to define ” the maximum tolerable level of surveillance, beyond which a government becomes oppressive.”

[Review] Open City

[Review] Open City

I can think of no greater exemplar of post-national literature than Teju Cole’s first novel, Open City. It is European in structure and theory, American in its candor, and Nigerian in its attention to detail. But it transcends all of these national labels.

Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

It’s a little weird, a little anti-climatic, a little difficult to perceive — this whole government shutdown thing. I flew into New York City last Wednesday from Mexico City and I kept expecting to notice something, some signal, that demonstrates that we...
[Review] Let the Great World Spin

[Review] Let the Great World Spin

The world spins by ever faster, a phenomenon not just of growing older — accumulating our own extensive, personal archive — but also a product of every generation leaving behind more for us to chew on, despite the same amount of time to chew. We mostly...

Mashed Potato Cerebrum

My brain is mush. I am no match for the jet lag and culture shock. The G5 Summit is in full effect and the podcast is coming soon. The Liberian bloggers are rocking on. Make sure not to miss Azango’s post.Pop!Tech here I...
[Review] The Visitor

[Review] The Visitor

On the Johannesburg to Dakar leg of the flight I watched the movie, The Visitor, written and directed by the same guy who did Sideways. The movie follows the troubling and familiar dynamic of poor brown people from the third world depending on the seemingly heroic...