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Real Thoughts on WikiLeaks; or, How Howard Roark Became a Hero of the Left

<rant name=”my real thoughts about wikileaks” sentiment=”please don’t hate me” causeofdelay=”trying not to get into flame war” >In recent interviews (e.g., with Time, Forbes, and The New Yorker), Julian Assange demonstrates repeatedly how little he knows about world politics, about the open-source information already available regarding the topics he claims to be “revealing,” or even […]

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Draft for Comment: ‘Playing with Rules’

The Electronic Book Review kindly published an in-depth review of The Cultural Logic of Computation (and of Mark McGurl’s The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing, both Harvard UP 2009) by Brian Lennon titled “Gaming the System.” The editors of the journal ask all reviewed authors to respond; after far too […]

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“They Called It the ‘Twitter Revolution'”

A nice retrospective of new technology in recent Iranian politics on the BBC this week was advertised on radio in triumphalist terms, evidenced in the story’s first and second sentences. Follow the story to its end, though, and discover that it’s the repressive and invasive powers of computers that are most apparent, while the democratic […]

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Revolutions and the Politics of Networks

First published on Harvard University Press blog, Jun 24 2009. Few words have been heard more often lately than revolution. The word occurs in two ways, but the connection between them is at best fuzzy. First, commentators wonder if Iran is going through a political revolution. Second, they speculate about an “internet revolution”—not merely a […]

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19 Minutes Ago, or, Networks Are Not Inherently Emancipatory (What Are Computers For? #34986732)

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Original reportage by Michael Holden of Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL2658640020071106 Experts Say West Can’t Stop Web Radicalization Tues, Nov 6, 2007 By Michael Holden 19 minutes ago LONDON (Reuters) – From behind a computer keyboard at his London home, student Younes Tsouli used the Internet to spread al Qaeda propaganda, recruit suicide bombers and promote Web sites […]

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Bar-Coding Every Living Thing (What Are Computers For? XXVIIXVII)

From The Globe and Mail, Feb 18 2007. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070218.wdna0218/BNStory/Science/home DNA ‘bar-codes’ Help Find New Species Posted AT 1:27 PM EST ON 18/02/07 ALLISON JONES credit improvementyour credit score thisdread recordings uk Canadian Press TORONTO — Canadian researchers have co-authored a biodiversity study on DNA “bar-coding” they say will pave the way for cataloguing the world’s […]

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A New Way to Grade: What Are Computers For? #57

From The Chronicle of Higher Education, Volume 52, Issue 27 (March 10, 2006). Section: The Faculty. Page A6. http://chronicle.com/weekly/v52/i27/27a00601.htm A New Way to Grade At Texas Tech, freshman composition has been revolutionized. Is the result too mechanical? By PAULA WASLEY Last semester Lindsay Hutton “taught” 1,940 students. She met only 70 of them in person. […]

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