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UbuWeb's Kenneth Goldsmith Writes the Book on Internet Archiving

Kenneth Goldsmith's Duchamp Is My Lawyer, a tale of the creation and upkeep of the anti-internet internet, UbuWeb, is highly engaging and avoids the risk of ploughing down theoretical wormholes of limited interest.

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#PopMatters20: Tech Is Evil and TechKnow Kinda Told You So

How deluded we were about our devices being labor-saving, productivity-increasing cure-alls! And other realizations of how the rise of technology has affected our lives.

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Tribeca 2018:  'Netizens' and 'Every Act of Life'

These important documentaries about online abuse and the works of Terrence McNally attempt to illuminate empathy and social awareness at a time when it is being woefully ignored.

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Don't Google It! How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Algorithms of Oppression addresses the growing concern about the consequences of commercial control over information and the harm it does to communities.

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Is Journalism's Fear of Bias Worse Than Bias Itself?

Linda Greenhouse, one of America's top journalists takes aim at some of the field's worst and most outdated habits in Just a Journalist.

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Are You Paying Attention? 'The Distracted Mind'

Multi-tasking on your smart phone consumes too many resources, including memory, and can cause the system to "choke". Imagine what it does to your brain.

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Google's Burger Emoji: Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

To those who would deny the Google burger because it's messy, I say, get a napkin and get over it.

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A 21st-century Muckraker Pierces the Heart of the Internet in 'Reading the Comments'

If Eggers' The Circle gave us a glance at the inimical nature of social media via Orwell’s idea of “groupthink”, then Reagle takes us even deeper into why we love to comment on anything and everything.

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Are You 'Wasting Time on the Internet'? Is That Such a Bad Thing? (Excerpt)

"I'm reading these days -- ironically, on the web -- that we don't read anymore," writes Kenneth Goldsmith in this excerpt of Wasting Time on the Internet, courtesy of HarperCollins.

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Science

Consider the Troll

The pressing question isn't so much what a troll is and how he came to be, but what to do when confronted with a troll.

Internet

If We Lose BBC Three, Will We Lose Our Sense of Humor, Too?

With the apparently inevitable closure of BBC Three, comedy lovers will mourn the loss of an important television ally. Will the Internet save it?

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Who Made the Machines That Remade the World?

Walter Isaacson's The Innovators explores the history of the digital age as told through the intertwined lives of the men and women who created it.

Technology

Cassette Fever in the Age of Bandcamp

The cassette tape is a miniature monument to a lost age of music; a small casket in which to hide memories and last hopes.

Culture

It's Just What's Next: Art, The Internet, Then Whatever

Shouldn't people be able to opt out of providing personal data to cash hungry tech companies?

Internet

Who, What, Where, When and Wi-Fi

People are customizing their network names, knowing full well that friends, neighbors and passersby are scanning for free wi-fi all the time.

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From Chile to China, an International Look at the State of the Internet: 'Consent of the Networked'

From technologies intended to block pornography sites to legislation putting business interests before citizens’ rights, Rebecca MacKinnon delivers a pointed report on the state of the Internet that should prompt all of us to speak up for the future of the web.

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What Would Happen If You Threw a Revolution and Everyone Showed Up? You'd Have a Cognitive Surplus

Clay Shirky's 'Cognitive Surplus' is presently the #1 selling book on Amazon in three categories. Sound smart at your next cocktail party by reading this review instead of the book.

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Has the Internet Killed Professional Book Reviews?

Is the internet killing book reviews? Will blog reviews soon replace the long lengthy columns we've come to love in the New York Times? As a reviewer, will I no longer find neat, book-shaped packages in my mailbox?

Internet

Teens Don't Use Twitter (Why Should They?)

Star intern Matthew Robson’s report on teen Internet use has one key takeaway: for teens, the Internet is fun, and that might be all that it is.

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The Cult of the Amateur by Andrew Keen

An extended paean to the lost Golden Age of middlebrow taste-makers and big-media megaphones, and an extended jeremiad against an age in which people are free to make up their own minds, and make their own contributions.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds
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Muckraking, the Internet and Wasted Potential

Amy DePaul
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Oft-criticized college students one-up cable's best

B. Jay Cooper (MCT)
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Are we there yet?

For newspapers struggling to harness the Internet, the road up ahead is foggy at best. Still, editors at daily papers across the country are beginning to find their way.

Amy DePaul
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It's a 24/7 shriek show, not a shred of self-editing

Karen Heller / The Philadelphia Inquirer (MCT)
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The Golden Rule #1

Chris Justice
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When Harry Googled Sally

A terrifying glimpse of what can happen when modern technology meets Happily Ever After.

Music

Charnett Moffett: Internet

The wonder-bassist delivers a more straightforward jazz programme than on For the Love of Peace: righteous in a different, equally commendable way.

Robert R. Calder

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