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24 Posts


Information Transportation versus Transformation [Part 1]
May 09, 2018
Exploring the fascination with information theory and its connection to communications and technology.
The Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect, The New Yorker, and Pau Gasol
April 15, 2018
A reflection on the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect and a critique of media skepticism.
Why Videogames Tend Towards Post-Apocalyptic
April 05, 2018
Exploring the reasons behind videogames' tendency towards post-apocalyptic settings.
Unanticipated Effects
December 22, 2014
The printing press had unanticipated effects, leading to a surge in demand for spectacles and contributing to the scientific revolution.
On Context, Imagination, and STEM vs. ART
January 14, 2014
John Seely Brown's insights on context, imagination, and the importance of art in education.
Reporting Technology
December 28, 2013
The lack of serious technical reporting on Healthcare.gov
Global Time
August 05, 2013
The impact of global media on time and audience when consuming content online.
Borges and Sharknado
July 30, 2013
Borges and the Sharknado Problem: questioning the need for a 2-hour movie when a short story or a two-minute trailer might suffice.
On Sponsored and Scalable Brand Content
July 29, 2013
A discussion on the intersection of sponsored and scalable brand content.
Technology Still Isn't Ruining Anything
July 15, 2013
A discussion on how technology isn't ruining everything it's claimed to be ruining.
Being Part of the Story
April 20, 2013
The obsession with being involved in the spread of news rather than the content itself.
Explorers vs. Explainers
February 16, 2013
McLuhan's approach as an explorer, not an explainer, of media environments.
Seeping Media
January 30, 2013
A discussion of McLuhan's approach to media theorizing in the context of new media.
Experimenting on Input & Output
January 27, 2013
The magic of experimenting with new technology and API outputs, as seen with Vinepeek.
The Science of Trolls
January 12, 2013
The impact of negative online comments on public perception of science.
Idiots & Taking the Long View
January 07, 2013
Daniel Mendelsohn discusses the cultural critic's role in the age of technology and the enduring significance of Marshall McLuhan's individual-focused perspective.
The Curation Debate
March 18, 2012
Debate about content curation, source crediting and more.
Accepting the Uncomfortable
February 29, 2012
Marshall McLuhan's approach to accepting uncomfortable technological trends.
Location-Based Media
February 18, 2012
Pinwheel offers a new way to annotate the world around you, tapping into the potential of location-based media.
Highly Variable Product
February 06, 2012
The dynamics of creating online content and the shift in importance of quality.
November 28, 2011
Exploring the tools successful people use to get the job done.
Being a Market Leader
November 19, 2011
The role of market leaders in building categories and the influence of brands as publishers.
A Look Back at Fukishima
November 08, 2011
A look back at the coverage of the Fukushima disaster and media's short attention span.
Apps on TVs
November 02, 2011
The complexities of the television industry and the challenges of internet distribution.
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