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Facebook – to delete, or not to delete?

‘Who rules here?’ I asked. They said: ‘The People naturally.’ I said: ‘Naturally the people but who really rules?’ – Erich Fried, “In the Capital.”   1. While many things … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · 7 Comments

What could go wrong? Another question to ask of new technology

Those who spend a lot of time traveling by airplane steadily grow accustomed to the standard spiel issued by members of the TSA and airline personnel. Yet, recently, a new … Continue reading

October 20, 2016 · 7 Comments

Who Watches the Watch Wearers?

People have no lack of options when it comes to smartphones and tablets. Indeed, it may well be the case that a point has been reached at which there are … Continue reading

March 20, 2014 · 4 Comments

Technology Does Not Stay New for Long…Another Question for Neil Postman

New pieces of technology have an infuriating habit of swiftly becoming old pieces of technology. This is a process that is as much attributable to the advance of time as … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · 8 Comments

These Tablets Won’t Cure What Ails Education

In contemporary times it seems that whenever there is a crisis and a question about “what is to be done,” amongst the most popular answers will be one involving technology. … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Will Technological Critique Emerge with Emerging Technology Librarians?

Despite what seems to be a constant chorus foretelling their doom, libraries hold steady. This is not to say that libraries are not shaken by the storms of technological change … Continue reading

July 30, 2013 · 7 Comments

Grifting, Garbage and Graph Search

Money is much beloved by tech companies and major websites, yet it is hardly the most important thing for them. What glitters most brightly is not gold, but information. Granted, … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · 6 Comments

The Technologenie! You Can’t Wish away 3D-printers

Gun reform is no longer the major political issue it was even a few months ago, and much of the debate around guns now revolves around ones that would not … Continue reading

May 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

You Better Not Cry, but You Better Shout! (Big Data is coming to town)

Humans sneeze information, and while most of us then just throw away the tissue, there are others who greedily fish this rag from the trash to analyze the traces left … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · 19 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

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

7 Questions for New Technology (Part 1)

Our hands have become very full of late. I mean this in a very literal sense. When I ride the subway in the morning it seems that almost every person … Continue reading

February 26, 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 · 34 Comments

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