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A Mechanical Moses

An odd thing occurs if one tries to locate Mount Sinai within a recent atlas – for that mountain of such storied import is no longer where one might expect … Continue reading

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Hope Comes Pre-Installed

There is an odd dissonance playing out in the news of late – a rather jarring juxtaposition between euphoric promises and doom tinged proclamations. While a defining feature of the … Continue reading

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Concerned about Privacy? Consider going Postal!

The contents of a mailbox can become amusingly mundane: bills, solicitations, catalogs, credit card offers, and assorted other odds and ends that wind up in the recycling bin without being … Continue reading

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LIS WTF

Hold onto your hats, librarians, you’re hardly going to believe these two bits of news. Yes, they are that busted. ***** First, comes the saga of the Evanston, IL, public … Continue reading

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Response Ability or Responsibility?

The decisions that one makes in the course of a day are subtly and overtly influenced by a host of factors. From the opinions of others to long term goals … Continue reading

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The Laboratory or The Library?

Using social media has always involved a vague recognition that the platform (and the company behind it) will be using the user right back. Usually this understanding has involved a … Continue reading

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The Luddite Response

Would it be fair to call those who advocate for online privacy Luddites? It seems a rather absurd question. After all, those who encourage people to use TOR, encryption, or … Continue reading

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Can We Have Our Cake without Soylent Goo?

What we are eating often remains a bit of a mystery. We may know what it says on the packaging or what it says on the menu – but when … Continue reading

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If You Want to See the Sharing Economy…Go to the Library

The value of sharing is one instilled in us from a young age: from the parental injunction to share with our siblings to the early socialization received in kindergarten. Sharing … Continue reading

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Librarian Is My Occupation: A History of the People’s Library of Occupy Wall Street

As we’ve mentioned several times (sorry [not really]), your dear co-captains wrote a chapter in the recently-released book Informed agitation : library and information skills in social movements and beyond, … Continue reading

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A HandUp or a Cover Up?

A particularly hopeful aura surrounds creative solutions to enduring problems. Perhaps, as the sentiment always goes, the real issue is not the problem itself but the way in which people … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

To Do List

I’m told Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Broadway musical based on Tupac Shakur’s music, is very good, but it is closing Sunday after poor box office returns. If you’ll be … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bogus, but not the Bogeyman – The FCC and Net Neutrality

Evidently, many Internet users are concerned about the future of Net Neutrality. At the very least, this concern may have exceeded the expectations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Faucet Goes Dry in Detroit

It can be an immensely frustrating experience to turn on your computer only to find that your Internet connection is not working. Granted, this is probably not a life-threatening occurrence. … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

A Threatened Net or a Threatening Net?

The activist and writer Grace Lee Boggs is known for starting conversations and lectures with the following question: “What time is it on the clock of the world?” It may … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

Are We Technologically Literate?

Some of the appeal of new technologies is the ease with which they can be used. Though we may recognize, on a subconscious level, that these devices represent impressive feats … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · 14 Comments

Things You Should Sign Up For/CfP

The NYC Archives Unconference will be at Barnard on September 6, and you should definitely be part of that! Register or propose a session here. ESPECIALLY BECAUSE IT IS FREE. … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Facebook Gets Emotional

Have you ever found that you felt rather depressed after using social media? What about quite happy? It is probably no great stretch to imagine that the answer to at … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 10 Comments

Fall in Line…or else!

Let us begin with a somewhat contrarian premise: major Internet platforms owe much of their success to work that is only tangentially related to the actual platform. This is not … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

“We Still Carry On Thinking…”

There is something quietly terrible about spending time with people who have reached similar conclusions as you. The previous sentence raises the question about what manner of “conclusions” are being … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · 3 Comments

Who’s Afraid of General Ludd?

When a person – or a group of persons – dares to oppose a new technological development it is inevitable that somebody will call them a “Luddite(s).” The application of … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · 10 Comments

Talking Through Machines about Talking To Machines

We spend a fair amount of time conversing with computers. It is an activity that has become so common-place as to have become rather mundane. These discussions are generally one-sided: … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Less Things Change…

The shock has worn off. At first we reeled and balked out of a sentiment of betrayed fury, but eventually we grew glumly quiet – and gradually we opened our … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · 6 Comments

Yosemite as an OS? The Planet is the Operating System

With its picturesque cliffs, mountains, waterfalls, canyons, and wooded groves – Yosemite National Park is an iconic place. A preserved and protected enclave to which visitors can come to experience … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

To-Do List

On Thursday, June 5, is the Phase I opening of the Chachalu Tribal Museum & Cultural Center in Grand Ronde, Oregon. The opening ceremonies start at 4pm, with a tour … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

Modeling a Different World – The Library and PreFigurative Activism

From Madrid’s Puerta del Sol to Turkey’s Gezi Park to Occupy encampments across the USA and Canada to Egypt’s Tahrir Square to Ukraine’s Euromaidan protests in Kiev – libraries have … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Who’s Driving? Not You…

Occasionally a new technology is unveiled for which the politics and ideologies driving it are thinly veiled, at best. Sometimes a new device’s ideology is secreted away in the trunk … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · 4 Comments

A Pyramid of Technological Society

When a person uses a particular technology they become entangled in the history of that device – its past and its future. In the moment of use a person may … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · 13 Comments

Google Glass in Libraries – Disruption or just Disruptive?

Libraries are highly technological places. From books to microfilm readers to computers – a library that is free of technology is an oxymoron. Granted, there is a difference between a … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · 5 Comments

Or is it? – a review of Astra Taylor’s “The People’s Platform”

Imagine not using the Internet for twenty-four hours. Really: no Internet from dawn to dawn. Take a moment to think through the wide range of devices you would have to … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

You Can’t Spell Betrayal Without FCC

There’s something about the Internet that seems to restore people’s faith in democracy. It’s free! It’s open! It’s a platform for the people! Anybody can make a website! It is … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · 5 Comments

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