Jacob Silverman

Assessing Google's drones, thermostats, mechanical cheetahs and more.

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Fiction about the internet fumbles toward eloquence

To write fiction about "the Internet" risks making it seem monolithic. But that doesn't mean that novelists can ignore it.

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The Problem with Tweeting a Revolution

Andy Carvin tweeted the Arab Spring. He still missed something by not being there.

Andy Carvin, "the man who tweets revolutions," logged 1,000 tweets a day about the uprisings of the Arab Spring. He says social media helped him understand events better than he would have if he'd been there. His triumphalist online-journalism memoir makes it clear that he missed a lot along the way. 

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The Warlock

Horacio Castellanos Moya's fiction is deeply concerned with the machinations of politics and, in particular, the deleterious effects of political viol

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Even by the macabre standards of the twentieth century, Estonia had a rough lot. Between 1918 and 1920, with some assistance from the British, White R

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