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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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On The New Digital Storytelling

Here’s a good review of my 2011 book. Interesting to see how Peter Hoefgen finds parts of NDS already a bit out of date.  That’s correct, of course.

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The New Digital Storytelling, reviewed

Good review from Zenpundit: The New Digital Storytelling should be the standard guide for anyone who wants to use all the new digital gadgets available to tell their story; this book is an excellent one-stop resource. …an excellent, highly readable, … Continue reading

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