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Adventures of The Exploded Twitter book club

In May I participated in an ad hoc social reading experiment.  I hereby dub it The Exploded Twitter Book Club, and think it was both entertaining and instructive.  The experience offers a snapshot of social media in 2014, while perhaps suggesting … Continue reading

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“Let the death spiral whirl”: Slate celebrates the destruction of small colleges

Slate offers an intriguing article on the impending demise of small, private colleges, and why we should all celebrate this.  It is an instructive piece because it presents an example of aggressive education reform’s thinking.  It’s a lesson on how … Continue reading

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How we play today

Down on the collective gold farm: I review Nick Yee’s important and thought-provoking study of how people live in massively multiplayer online games.  It’s called The Proteus Paradox, and I commend it to anyone interested in gaming, online life, or … Continue reading

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Reading In The Plex

I offer another book review: A very useful book on recent technological history, In the Plex (2011; Amazon) takes us through the history of Google. The subject is obviously important to anyone seeking to understand cyberspace and the digital world. It’s … Continue reading

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The Unwinding

I’ve taken to writing longer reviews of books at Goodreads.  As an experiment I’ll cross-post them here. George Packer’s The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America is an admirable, very engaging work. It’s one of the best histories of our … Continue reading

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Connecting with phone phreaks

Who were the phone phreaks, and why do they matter to our times? I address these questions in my review of Phil Lapsley’s entertaining and useful Exploding the Phone (2012). One quote I offer as a sampler: If idle hands are … Continue reading

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Reviewing _College_

A very engaging yet deeply frustrating book, Andrew Delbanco’s College tries to offer a grand vision of higher education, but falls into the error of mistaking a niche for the whole. College is, mostly, a pleasure to read. Delbanco is … Continue reading

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