Weekly Roundup: Hermann Hesse, Tim O’Reilly, and Barack Obama walk into a bar…

Maybe I’m still feeling the Tryptophan, but my favorite posts this week appear to be lacking a coherent theme, so I’m going to revert to simple bullet points. Just because they’re random, though, don’t assume they aren’t utterly fascinating.

Here at gnovis

  • Trish announced the death of television – sort of – and, not surprisingly, was rewarded with several thoughtful comments.
  • In my review of James Boyle’s latest book, "The Public Domain:
    Enclosing the Commons of the Mind," I sent mixed signals but settled on a conditional recommendation.
  • Jed got all skeptical about social networks, suggesting that their structures may have a pacifying effect, particularly in comparison to more agile "Smart Mobs" systems of organizing.

Around CCT…

On the tubes…

And finally…

Good luck to those of you who are working on finals! If you’re excited about any of your papers, we’re already accepting submissions for the Spring…

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 OpenCulture.cc, 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.