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Category Archives: In Response

E-Books, Libraries, Democracy, Groucho

E-books have presented something of a challenge for libraries. Not because libraries are opposed to e-books, but because many of the largest publishers (collectively called the “Big Six”) have been … Continue reading

May 2, 2013 · 2 Comments

Communities Matter – It’s National Library Week in Boston, and in your town too.

In the aftermath of a national tragedy—such as the bombing of the Boston Marathon—it is common for people to seek out community. Even as the news media frantically looks for … Continue reading

April 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Elephant Not in the Room – Republicans, Academia and the Illusion of a Debate

In the midst of many a mild-mannered American city stand imposing castle walls constructed around ivory towers. Patrolling the parapets are legions of liberal professors armored in sweater vests and … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Choosing a New “ism” to Dread

It’s always fun to have a new ism. You can ponder the issues raised by the ism, write a book warning an unaware public about this ism (that you may … Continue reading

March 4, 2013 · 33 Comments

Douglass Rushkoff Quits Facebook (surprising nobody)

Apropos of my post about the smart phone (here), it is incumbent upon me to mention that if the filing cabinet on you is your smart phone than most of … Continue reading

March 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

Neil Postman’s 6 Questions (+1 from me)

Keeping apace with changes in technology can drive a person mad, especially as the speed of technological shifts seems to be increasing constantly. Indeed that state-of-art piece of shiny tech … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · 39 Comments

“Why elites” don’t care if you “fear the robot.”

Are fears of robots being peddled to the delight of the “elite?” No. They are not. Okay, maybe. But let me rephrase this: “elites” trying to make people “fear the … Continue reading

February 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

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