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Information Soup

We talk about providing access to everyone —  the life-sustaining basics like clean water, air, food, health care. But we also provide community access to information, and that includes electronic access. Joshua Meryowitz discusses the homongenizing effects of such unfettered … Continue reading

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The Reinvention of Intimacy

“Intimacy without privacy reinvents what intimacy means.” Sherry Turkle explores this concept among adolescents – one facet of this research seems to suggest that teenagers avoid intimacy in favor of being in control. Buffered by their mobile media, many teens … Continue reading

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Hunting and Gathering

I have been thinking about the degree to which I depend on technology – and further, how this dependence has changed the way I think. In the past ten years, my mental processes have changed quite a bit. When I … Continue reading

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Out of the Loop

I’ve been thinking about my feelings of being “out of the loop” after the class conversation a few days ago. Because there is so much information from so many sources, available in so many media, I have “opted out” of … Continue reading

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On Efficiency

If efficiency is what drives us – and drives the introduction of new technology into culture – it is worth asking why efficiency has become the most important goal. The inventions of the Industrial Revolution and Frederick Taylor’s organizational techniques … Continue reading

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Technological Trade-Off

According to Neil Postman, technological change is a trade-off.  Though he does acknowledge that when a new technology is admitted to a culture, the culture needs to have its eyes wide open, Postman doesn’t give any advice on how to … Continue reading

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