AWOL from the Net: Enough parent-child media, says Cory Doctorow

By David Rothman
August 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Cory Doctorow says the Internet needs more parent-child media, as opposed to more censorship and firewalls. Read his Guardian column here. He’s welcome to agree or not, but his thinking is very much in line with the idea of cell phone book clubs. They could take many form, but one of my favorites [...]

The Internet as functional telepathy

By Chris Meadows
July 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just a few days ago I came across the Facebook meme you see at right. Today, Charlie Stross posted a blog comparing the Internet to “functional telepathy.” Maybe there really is no coincidence. At first glance, the Internet as functional telepathy seems like something out of science-fiction [...]

Weekend Links: Best ebook Readers. Kindle Write On destined to fail

By Joanna Cabot
April 19, 2015 // 1 Comment Delivering Poor Internet to Poor People (Boing Boing) Mark Zuckerberg’s project bribes corrupt, non-neutral carriers in poor countries to exempt Facebook and other services of its choosing from their data-caps, giving the world’s poorest an Internet [...]

Morning Links: Laptops for students? Adults love coloring books too!

By Joanna Cabot
April 6, 2015 // 3 Comments

Are Laptop Requirements a Forgone Conclusion or a Burden on Students? (Media Shift) One 2014 survey found 90 percent of students own laptops and 86 percent own smartphones, while less than half of those surveyed own tablets. *** The Internet Doesn’t Make You Smarter; You Only Think it Does (Ars [...]

Google gives you all the online shelf space you can eat for Safer Internet Day

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

In one of the events and special offers marking Safer Internet Day – February 10th – Google is reaching out to users of its Google Drive cloud storage service to run through an online security checkup, with the carrot of 2GB of free storage added on to the existing storage offer. [...]

ITU shows full extent of global population still offline

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

A timely report. the annual Measuring the Information Society Report, from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency responsible for information and comms technologies, comes as a fresh reminder of how far the information economy still has to spread. According to [...]

Amazon gets .book

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 14, 2014 // 1 Comment

Here’s a piece of news that will probably gladden the hearts of those who accuse Amazon of being a monopolist: Amazon has just bagged the .book  generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) from the DNS overseer Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) against competitors like Google [...]

FCC reallocates, reduces funding for schools and libraries internet access

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has just passed a new proposal for reallocation of resources in its program for support for internet and telecoms access for schools and libraries. However, the proposal has attracted strong and partisan criticism from both Republican and Democrat [...]

Virtual Unreality looks virtually imbecilic from the cover on in

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

This is a book non-review, because it’s in large part a review of a book cover. And I apologize unreservedly to any genuine worth in the contents that I may have traduced – but I won’t hold my breath. Because wouldn’t life be wonderful if every book cover in the world, [...]

I tried to read through Tim Parks’s article on attention deficit and literature, but …

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

… my attention wandered when I realized how sententious, hidebound, and just plain unconvincing his argument was. So I went on Facebook instead. And one I’d heard before. Parks’s “Reading: The Struggle” in his regular New York Review of Books blog complains of [...]

If the Internet isn’t responsible for the decline in newspapers…what is?

By Chris Meadows
June 12, 2014 // 5 Comments

Here’s an article from Science Daily that posits that all the claims that the Internet (or, more specifically, Internet advertising) is responsible for newspapers’ downfall are false…but then it doesn’t propose any alternative reasons to replace it. The article cites a research paper by [...]

No one is writing good fiction. Except Jonathan Franzen.

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 30, 2014 // 3 Comments

I’m sure you didn’t need telling that. Its so blindingly obvious. But just in case you were in any doubt, here is AdviceToWriters, collecting the “Writerly Wisdom of the Ages” courtesy of Jon Winokur, laying down “Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules for Writers.” What [...]

Steady prospects ahead for digital media M&A

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

With speculation afoot about an increasing pace of publishing industry consolidation driven by digital disruption, as well as solid examples like the recent  John Wiley & Sons acquisition of CrossKnowledge, there are plenty of signs pointing to a rising tempo of publishing and digital media [...]

Tinder Foundation report details minute costs, massive benefits of bridging Britain’s digital divide

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 20, 2014 // 2 Comments

The UK’s Tinder Foundation, “a not-for-profit social enterprise that makes good things happen with digital technology, established in December 2011,” recently released a report, “A Leading Digital Nation by 2020: Calculating the cost of delivering online skills for [...]

The smarm debate continued: It's not about the Internet … or is it?

By libertyc
December 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

The literary feud about snark versus smarm kicked off at the end of this year seems set to splutter on well into 2014. Maureen Dowd, in the New York Times Sunday Review, picked it up in a piece entitled “Bigger Than Bambi,” referring to the now-notorious Bambi Rule: “If you [...]

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