Economic Power in the Age of Abundance:

The obvious reaction to this case, as with the Belgian one, is to marvel at the publisher’s nerve; after all, as we saw with the Belgians, Google is driving traffic from which the publishers profit. “Ganz im Gegenteil!” say the publishers. “Google would not exist without our content.” And, at a very high level, I suppose that’s true, but it’s true in a way that doesn’t matter, and understanding why it doesn’t matter gets at the core reason why traditional journalistic institutions are having so much trouble in the Internet era.

The Case Against Sharing:

For all its troubling externalities, the sharing economy is largely heralded as a “return to the village,”…But our society is not returning to a past utopia of collective social confidence and equality because this utopia never existed. The sharing economy doesn’t build trust — it trades on cultural homogeneity and established social networks both online and in real life. Where it builds new connections, it often replicates old patterns of privileged access for some, and denial for others.

The Decemberists


Saw a fantastic show from The Decemberists last night. They played for about two and a half hours at the Crystal Ballroom. Great live performers.

The Internet With A Human Face. The transcript and slides from Maciej Cegłowski’s fantastic talk at Beyond Tellerrand. It winds through the alienation and mass data collection of the internet but ends with a forward-looking vision.

The big sleep. A survey of recent research and work in to suspended animation. The details about what’s working in labs on animals is fascinating.

The Myth of Cyberspace. Two years old and still relevant. An insightful post from PJ Rey about the myth of living in two worlds, the cyber and the physical. Favorite quote from the article:

Cyberspace has become our Mount Olympus, the founding myth of the Internet Age. It is an article of faith, not the product of lived experience.

Devastation in Meatspace:

But just as war is the perennial driver of technological development, so it also remains the laboratory in which technological image production is really tested — the ability of one state or another to push representation to its limit and make you feel safe, happy, good about the flesh that is being torn from limb on your behalf.

Molly Crabapple presented a similar idea during the Sex and the Selfie panel at Theorizing the Web.