by Walter G. Moss
How technology has destablized our world and why there's still hope.
SOURCE: The Daily Californian
Although this humanities research project might read to many as a niche project in a small ethnic studies department, its cultural, political and technological implications loom large.
by Tom Wheeler
"The principles underpinning the industrial era rules remain valid today, they simply need updating to reflect the capabilities of the new technology." writes the former FCC Chairman.
SOURCE: The Boston Globe
by Niall Ferguson
Social media has democratized politics, but it can kill an individual's reputation in a nanosecond.
It’s one reason he’s so worried about the Internet now.
SOURCE: New Yorker
by Jill Lepore
What happens when your evidence vanishes by dinnertime?
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education
by W. Patrick McCray
Tech buzzwords are a tepid substitute for robust analysis and honest critique.
Researchers began decoding the glyphic language of the ancient Maya long ago, but the Internet is helping them finish the job and write the history of this enigmatic Mesoamerican civilization.For centuries, scholars understood little about Maya script beyond its elegant astronomical calculations and calendar. The Maya had dominated much of Central America and southern Mexico for 1,000 years before their civilization collapsed about 600 years before the Spaniards reached the New World....
SOURCE: Time Magazine
Content on the Internet is ephemeral. A website can be online one minute, and taken down the next. As permanent as we think our Internet footprints are, the Web is perpetually changing. Much of the early Internet has been lost.One very important webpage, however, has been rescued from history. Yesterday, European particle physics laboratory CERN returned the first ever Internet website to its rightful place on the Web.Originally created by CERN in 1992, the world’s first website invokes a time long past when pages were just plain text on a white background. There are no advertisements, no pictures, and certainly no video. It’s an entirely utilitarian site rendered in Times New Roman, the most default of fonts....
SOURCE: Special to HNN
Jim Cullen, who teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, is a book review editor at HNN. His new book, Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions, has just been published by Oxford University Press. Cullen blogs at American History Now.
by Daniel Mallia
Al Gore didn't invent it (and didn't claim to).
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