Monthly Archives: April 2011
“[C]redited with influencing and describing the modern theory of increasing returns,” economist W. Brian Arthur applies the famous theory of exponential growth to the world of technology in his 2009 book The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How … Continue reading
A few weeks ago, I spent the weekend (April 8-10) in Boston to attend the National Conference for Media Reform, put on by FreePress. A break from classrooms and Washington, the conference allowed me to meet with like-minded enthusiastic activists, journalists, technologists, and academics on the status and reform of the media landscape in the United States.
Truly, we can already see glimpses of the Singularity in the rise of social media, with academia, entertainment, government and industry still struggling to police it. And yet, there is a quieter argument against techno-perfection. Anyone who watches AMC’s Breaking Bad will … Continue reading
Newsweek’s Jesse Ellison gives us a glimpse into the effects of the militarist hyper-masculine institution in her April 3 article, “The Military’s Secret Shame”. In the piece, we’re introduced to four former servicemembers, who, after debilitating bouts of post-traumatic stress disorder and floundered suicide attempts, oblige to expose their silenced victimization.
Portable music technology has increasingly allowed us to create and dictate our own soundtracks, but DC has recently been the chosen site for local musical duo Bluebrain’s ‘location aware album.’
Over the weekend I watched an award winning documentary, Blindsight, which “follows the gripping adventure of six Tibetan teenagers on their journey to climb a mountain in the shadow of Everest.” While all of the reviews featured on the website state that the film is “captivating, inspiring, and breathtaking,” I honestly felt none of those emotions while watching it.
Recently, a copy of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s ACC Docket came across my desk at work. As I was flipping through, I came upon an article discussing the different hats that in-house counselors are expected to wear in their roles as corporate attorneys. Some of those hats included strategic thinker, business advisor, innovator, educator, cultural liaison, dealmaker, and the list goes on.
If a technology sounds too weird, we just won’t care about it. This is one of the first concepts proffered by journalist Joel Garreau in his lauded 2005 book Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies — And What It Means to Be Human. Despite the simplicity of this concept, it’s surprisingly true.
Abstract: In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Zionism emerged not only as a political and colonial mission to create the Jewish state of Israel as a safe-haven from anti-Semitism, but also as a means to address the very … Continue reading
Abstract: This paper explores how the sensibility of postfeminism, as understood through the work of media scholar Rosalind Gill, functions within the diegesis of ABC’s Emmy-winning sitcom Roseanne, and how the show attempts to resist discourses commonly associated with the … Continue reading