Interview with Howard Rheingold

I’m pleased to post the second episode of the gnovis podcast, a casual interview with Howard Rheingold, chatting with gnovis’ Nicole Guerra, CCT student Stewart Geiger, and CCT Adjunct Professor Garrison LeMasters.

Artist: gnovis, Georgetown’s peer-reviewed journal of Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT)
Title: Interview with Howard Rheingold
Year: 2007
Length: 41:24 minutes (20.01 MB)
Format:Stereo 22kHz 67Kbps (VBR)

In this lively conversation, Rheingold discusses topics ranging from
text-messaging to journalism, and interdisciplinary scholarship to
science fiction. His comments on academia offer yet another perspective on the debate we had on the gnovis blog earlier this year, in these two posts: “The Hermetic Reality of "Higher Learning” and “Are Bloggers the new Public Intellectuals?”.

Professor Rheingold, author of Smart Mobs, lectures at Stanford and Berkley and is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the social implications of technology. He visited Georgetown University earlier this week to speak to the CCT program’s introductory class for new students.

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Brad Weikel

Brad Weikel received his MA in Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) from Georgetown University in 2009. His thesis, "From Coding to Community: Iteration, Abstraction, and Open Source Software Development" argued that programming practices, particularly iterative workflows and abstraction models, can help explain both the success and struggles of open source software. His work was a technocentric complement to prior explanations from economists, lawyers, and political and cultural theorists. While writing his thesis, Brad blogged about his topic at, where he has since continued blogging, more broudly, about collaborative production and the commons at large. Brad was Managing Editor of gnovis during the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 school years, and Creative Director in 2006/2007. He is currently the Web & Communications Coordinator for EarthRights International.