Google Says We Have a "Right to Know," But Really Just Wants the Right to Profit From Your Personal Information
May 21, 2014
The search giant really just wants the right to profit from your personal information.
What makes the new, data-heavy advertising so cunning is that it creates the illusion that we're still making autonomous choices
Our Naive "Innovation" Fetish
March 17, 2014
Left, right, and center all celebrate "innovation," as if it were a substitute for having real policies to harness technology.
The Mindfulness Racket
February 23, 2014
In yet another sign that the new age lingo of the 1960s is still very much with us, “mindfulness” has become the new “sustainability”: No one quite knows what it is, but everyone seems to be for it.
May 27, 2013
Meet the Google founder's two-world hypothesis and its havoc.
Up for Debate: Can Social Media Solve Real-World Problems?
February 06, 2013
Future Perfect author Steven Johnson takes Evgeny Morozov to task for his critical book review.
Why Social Movements Should Ignore Social Media
February 05, 2013
Groups like Occupy Wall Street embraced the open-source logic of the Internet as an organizing principle. It explains a lot about why movements fail.
The Naked and the TED
August 02, 2012
TED Talks are more popular than ever. They're also more vapid, bland, and fraudulent.
Form and Fortune
February 22, 2012
Steve Jobs By Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster, 627 pp., $35) I. In 2010, Der Spiegel published a glowing profile of Steve Jobs, then at the helm of Apple. Jobs’s products are venerated in Germany, especially by young bohemian types. Recently, the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Hamburg presented an exhibition of Apple’s products, with the grandiloquent subtitle “On Electro-Design that Makes History”—a good indication of the country’s infatuation with the company.
The Internet Intellectual
October 12, 2011
Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live By Jeff Jarvis (Simon & Schuster, 263 pp., $26.99) In 1975, Malcolm Bradbury published The History Man, a piercing satire of the narcissistic pseudo-intellectualism of modern academia. The novel recounts a year in the life of the young radical sociologist Howard Kirk—“a theoretician of sociability”—who is working on a book called The Defeat of Privacy.