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Category Archives: Philosophers

Living well in the technosocial world – a review of Shannon Vallor’s Technology and the Virtues

When new technologies are unveiled the conversation is usually dominated by excited comments regarding all of the things for which these newfangled devices or platforms will be good. This new … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · 11 Comments

The Good Life or “the Goods Life” – The Thought of Lewis Mumford

Possessing tremendous foresight is not always an uplifting attribute. Likewise, a keen sense of hindsight may provide as much of an education in ruins as in woebegone romance. Yet it … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · 30 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 · 8 Comments

This is Ideology! – A Film Review of The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology

The philosopher Slavoj Žižek is something of a polarizing figure, at least for those who know who he is. From his ever-growing mountain of books, to his public lectures, to … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Very Kafkaesque Birthday (because it’s Kafka’s birthday)

At times historic anniversaries have an amusing resonance with current happenings. In particular there have been two recent birthdays (of individuals long dead) that nevertheless seem rather fitting for the … Continue reading

July 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Triumph of Technique – The Logic of the NSA (part 2)

[this is Part 2, and though understandable {and shorter} independently, you may want to consider reading Part 1] 5.  Big Data is something of a troublesome concept, not simply because … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Triumph of Technique – The Logic of the NSA (Part 1)

1. How might a person understand a collection of millions of phone records? The easy answer is that they would not. Millions of records is too much for a single … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · 37 Comments

Does Your Smartphone Sync with Your Values? Behold: The Fairphone!

The speed of innovation and the speed of ethics do not run parallel. Technological change races forward at such velocity that we rarely have time to wonder if these technical … Continue reading

June 5, 2013 · 12 Comments

What a Tragedy! The Appleonian Drama of Tim Cook and our Dionysian Distraction

There’s something theatrical about seeing fabulously wealthy CEOs pulled before a government panel and grilled about tax avoidance. Granted, the “grilling” is frequently more befitting a bunch of chums gathered … Continue reading

May 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

Do Robots Play Solitaire When the Boss Isn’t Looking?

Robots! What is your reaction to that word? Does it conjure up images of bumbling sci-fi sidekicks or heartless dystopian killing machines? Logical humanoid companions, servile slaves, or the thing … Continue reading

May 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

“Freedom” and “Technology” are not the same word (two shared letters does not a synonym make)

The increasing availability of ever-more-impressive technology proves an opportunity for many people, from a vast range of ideological perspectives, to contemplate what these new machines will mean for society. Thusly … Continue reading

May 10, 2013 · 3 Comments

Ethics and Buying a Smartphone (with help from Simone and Simon)

Many people have at least a passing concern for where the things they use and consume come from. Was your shirt sewn in a sweatshop? Was your coffee purchased from … Continue reading

March 14, 2013 · 9 Comments

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