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Into and out of the woods – a review of Captain Fantastic

Supermarkets, strip malls, smart phones, school – for many, such are the unexceptional features of daily life. And though some people may occasionally experience dissatisfaction with the society in which … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

Rocks or ticker-tape? A review of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus by Douglas Rushkoff

Digital technologies are often touted for their transformative potential. The Internet has made a massive amount of information easily accessible to its users, social media provides new ways of connecting, … Continue reading

July 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mars is still very far away – a review of McKenzie Wark’s book Molecular Red

There are some games where a single player wins, games where a group of players wins, and then there are games where all of the players can share equally in … Continue reading

July 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

AI and Drones and Bio-engineering, oh my! – A Review of A Dangerous Master by Wendell Wallach

Popular culture is lousy with tales of techno-science escaping human control. And as these stories — involving rebelling robots, murderous artificial intelligence systems, and genetically modified chimeras on a warpath … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Broadcasting Resistance – a review of Low Power to the People by Christina Dunbar-Hester

In trying to build a different tomorrow, activists find themselves using the tools of today. And quite often the tools of yesterday as well. The choice of which tools to … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · 3 Comments

My Favorite Books From 2015

Best of the year lists are as much of a testament to what was missed as to what was actually experienced. For every [insert media format of your choice] that … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 · 7 Comments

The Ground Beneath the Screens – A Review of Jussi Parikka’s A Geology of Media and The Anthrobscene

Despite the aura of ethereality that clings to the Internet, today’s technologies have not shed their material aspects. Digging into the materiality of such devices does much to trouble the … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Social Construction of Acceleration – A review of Judy Wajcman’s book Pressed for Time

Patience seems anachronistic in an age of high speed downloads, same day deliveries, and on-demand assistants who can be summoned by tapping a button. Though some waiting may still occur … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · 6 Comments

Now Hear This! – A review of Thus Spoke the Spectacle

We know that the images flashing at us from the multitude of screens that surround us are trying to tell us something. To a certain extent the meanings are quite … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 3 Comments

Cultivating Reform and Revolution – A Review of The Fragility of Things

Mountains and rivers, skyscrapers and dams – the world is filled with objects and structures that appear sturdy. Glancing upwards at a skyscraper, or mountain, a person may know that … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Between the Scythe & the Reaper Drone – A review of Nicholas Carr’s “The Glass Cage”

Here is a thought experiment: reflect back on the last forty-eight hours of your life, how often did you find yourself relying on computerized technology for performing a function that … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · 8 Comments

All Hitherto Existing Social Media – a review of Christian Fuchs’s “Social Medial: a Critical Introduction””

Legion are the books and articles describing the social media that has come before. Yet the tracts focusing on Friendster, LiveJournal, or MySpace now appear as throwbacks, nostalgically immortalizing the … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

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 · 8 Comments

You’re Caught in the Net! – A review of Julia Angwin’s “Dragnet Nation”

A few decades ago if somebody told you “you’re being watched!” You might have dismissed them as paranoid, mildly unhinged, or perhaps you would have entertained the possibility that you … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · 10 Comments

Hey! Slow Down! – A review of Doug Hill’s “Not So Fast”

For much of human history there has existed a conflict between people and their tools. From the alphabet to the clock to industrialization to the early computer to the smart-phone … Continue reading

January 21, 2014 · 7 Comments

(Probably Not You) – A review of Jaron Lanier’s Who Owns the Future?

These days there is barely time to get a firm grounding in the latest technological status quo before the whole situation changes again – often dramatically. A person can just … Continue reading

December 22, 2013 · 7 Comments

How To Explain Trans Identities To No One, Ever, Especially Not Children.

Whenever I complain about the sorry state of sex ed books for kids or the paucity of books that explain trans identities for them, people get all excited and say, … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · 4 Comments

Red Diaper Review #1: “A is for Activist”

“A is for Activist“ by Innosanto Nagara is a board book; for those of you unfamiliar with the pre-literate set, they are small texts with heavy-duty cardboard pages that can … Continue reading

July 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

Capitalism vs. the Internet – A review of Digital Disconnect by Robert McChesney

For many people the Internet seems to hold nothing but promise. This envisioned promise varies from one bunch to the next, yet across groups there seems to exist a certain … Continue reading

May 28, 2013 · 17 Comments

Present Shock – by Douglas Rushkoff – A Book Review

Human beings do not experience time in the same way that machines do. While this may seem laughably obvious it is nevertheless the type of simple truth that is easily … Continue reading

April 28, 2013 · 17 Comments

To Save Everything Click Here — by Evgeny Morozov — A Book Review

The modern day evangelicals of technology rarely miss an opportunity to proclaim the ways in which a new device or app will solve all of our problems. Such people stand … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · 7 Comments

Book Review/Preview: The Riot Grrrl Collection

Hey, remember a couple weeks ago when I posted about the Riot Grrrl Collection at NYU?  And how Feminist Press is putting a book out in May? Turns out I … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · 8 Comments

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