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Choose Very Carefully: a Review of Black Mirror – Bandersnatch

Manipulated comes from manus: hand We see ourselves manipulated and hope in this way to come to grips with our reality When it was really still hands manipulating us manipulation … Continue reading

January 10, 2019 · 27 Comments

Apple is all ears

Once upon a time, if somebody claimed that there were microphones installed in their home that were listening in on their every word they would be dismissed as a paranoid … Continue reading

June 7, 2017 · 2 Comments

Here’s looking at you…

If at first an ill-advised piece of consumer technology doesn’t succeed in winning over a skeptical public, you can be certain that another tech company will be willing to try … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · 4 Comments

Apple Is Not the Messiah

There is a lot of money to be made in crafting carefully manicured public relations campaigns for major corporations. Numerous large firms exist solely for the purposes of selling their … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · 4 Comments

How to Keep What You Are Reading Secret

Is there anything more annoying than being interrupted with the question “hey, what are you reading?” while you are engrossed in a book? Is there anything more frustrating than feeling … Continue reading

January 21, 2016 · 8 Comments

Google learns the Alphabet

“You still have to learn the ABC. The ABC says: They will get you down.” – Bertolt Brecht The way to spell “Google” has changed, and now the way to … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · 3 Comments

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 · 20 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

We Apologize, We Will Change – An open letter from the NSA

[For Immediate Release – an open letter from the Assistant Director of the National Security Agency] To my fellow citizens, We are sorry. Let me repeat that to make my … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Trading One Myth for Another – Seeing through Google’s Glass

A compelling argument could be made that myths have played, and continue to play, an important role in human societies. Granted, these myths appear in as many shapes and bizarre … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · 11 Comments

Towards Which Utopia in 2014?

The start of a new year is the socially sanctioned moment when people are encouraged to engage in optimistic dreaming. People “resolve” that in this year they shall achieve some … Continue reading

January 2, 2014 · 9 Comments

In 2014…they’re resolved to keep watching…

It may be an understatement to claim that 2013 was an interesting year. Though it may also be a rather meaningless statement seeing as any year could be described as … Continue reading

December 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (and the NSA was watching)

Twas the night before Christmas, and all thro’ the house The only sound to be heard, was the click of a mouse; The family used their digital devices with little … Continue reading

December 24, 2013 · 70 Comments

Is Privacy Really A Priority?

Would you be willing to get rid of your smartphone to protect your privacy? What about e-mail, would you close your account if it meant that you could be certain … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 17 Comments

They’ll Keep Watching Us…

The crowds gathered at a public protest seldom represent the true numbers that agree with the protestor’s cause. Whether prevented from attending by the physical obstacle of distance, financial obstacle … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · 3 Comments

Rotten to the Core

The new Apple product never falls too far from the technical tree; and the digital fruit that is picked from the orchard this season is rarely significantly different from the … Continue reading

September 11, 2013 · 13 Comments

A Prequel to 1984? Just look around…

If George Orwell had decided to write a prequel to his novel 1984 it is conceivable that the tale would look very much like a description of our current times. … Continue reading

August 20, 2013 · 13 Comments

Luddism for These Ludicrous Times

A specter is haunting our technological society – it is the specter of General Ludd. Granted, Luddite is generally not considered to be a complementary term. Most of the time, … Continue reading

August 12, 2013 · 71 Comments

Trystero’s e-mail account – Mailpile!

Regardless of what gets revealed about the surveillance that takes place though our technological devices, the fact remains that most people (the vast [vast!]) majority are not going to actually … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · 6 Comments

How Not to Heed a Warning

“The public was actively misled.” With those five words Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) provided further evidence of the need for whistle blowers in an age where the concept of an … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · 8 Comments

Falling Under Technology’s Spell – Chromecast

Technology has society under quite a powerful spell. It may seem odd to invoke magic when mentioning machines, but as the technologies we use become ever more complex there is … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 8 Comments

A RoboCop Statue Amidst the Rubble – Distraction, Dystopia, Detroit

In dystopian fiction, the path that led to these crumbling civilizations is obscured by a haze of ash. While there may be general allusions to the historical event (a calamity … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · 8 Comments

The NSA puts the “All Seeing Eye” back in Verizon

As they travel through the ether digital communications can be easily snapped up, copied, saved, analyzed, and stored without you ever knowing it. Your phone calls, text messages, e-mails, tweets, … Continue reading

June 6, 2013 · 3 Comments

So, Did You Hear the One about the Yahoo and the Tumblr?

People appreciate a good diversion. The humdrum routine of day-to-day life can be so dull, so alienating and stultifying that people yearn for a good laugh. To wrench these guffaws … Continue reading

May 23, 2013 · 5 Comments

It’s a Verb! It’s a Company’s Name! It’s…a country!? Google, the nation state.

Living in a country with a nominally functional government has its annoying aspects. There are laws that you are expected to abide by, taxes that you are expected to pay, … Continue reading

May 20, 2013 · 18 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

This is Not what Resistance looks like – Google Glass as Technological Bribery

Is pre-emptive resistance to Google Glass going to prevent the device’s launch? Nope. Especially not if what passes for resistance are instances of a single bar banning the devices, legislators … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 24 Comments

Tomorrow’s Authoritarian Regime (brought to you by Google)

To what extent does a motto such as “Don’t be evil,” truly mean anything? After all, such smiling simplicity in a mission statement may sound good even as it solicits … Continue reading

May 3, 2013 · 25 Comments

The Unblinking Eye of the Proctor

When you are taking a test it is fair to expect that you are being watched. It’s part of test taking. You sit at your desk and at the front … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

While We Were Distracted…CISPA Passed in the House

When the news cycle is focused on tragic events it is all too easy for other important stories to be ignored, particularly stories that might not have garnered much attention … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

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