Rules for a New Public Discourse

Public spaces are expanding.  The group of people within our reach is approaching universality, and the way we reached them has changed.  You’d never respond to a stranger you overheard in a coffee shop. Nor would you stand up and give your opinion in the middle of grocery store.  Now we regularly do both, online, … Continue reading Rules for a New Public Discourse

Technology is the New (Cartoon) Magic

I’ve gotten so old that I’m watching a lot of cartoons again.  Not the shows that I used to watch, of course, which are absurdly violent by today’s standards.  No one gets flattened by a safe or blown up by an acme rocket or conformed to the inside of a frying pan.  It’s just not … Continue reading Technology is the New (Cartoon) Magic

The Internet is Obliterating the Written Word

When’s the last time you saw a facebook post that was only words?  Probably never. Facebook keeps tweaking its algorithm to prioritize photos and videos, because that’s what people like (when’s the last time you heard of a paragraph going viral?), but also because that’s what people create.  Pithy comments go down below the image, … Continue reading The Internet is Obliterating the Written Word