Are Bloggers the new Public Intellectuals?

“As long as we stay in our own spaces and write in a language which is arcane and inaccessible to the majority of society, we’re not going to make the social difference that has been part of the political agenda of Cultural Studies from Day One.”

Pursuing Reliable Email: How can we leverage the user?

When I was a fledgling Internet user, reveling in my new 2400 baud rate modem, I decided to play a trick on my friend Josh. I set my computer clock forward an hour, and then reconfigured my email account, replacing my name and email address with his. I clicked okay to save the changes, and much like that now famous episode of The Office, I began to send Josh emails from himself.

Competition Works: The Commission Strikes Down M2Z’s Proposal

You may be asking yourself, “Who is M2Z, and why do we care?” And with good reason as the Menlo Park, California startup only ramped up in 2005 and hasn’t received much public exposure. Those of us in areas with very few to no choices for internet service providers, may want to pay attention. M2Z is a broadband wireless company created by former head of FCC’s wireless bureau, John Muleta, and Milo Medin. M2Z filed a petition with the FCC in 2006 to license the 2155 MHz to 2175 MHz band of currently unused radio spectrum in order to provide broadband wireless to the public at no charge.

Embodiment and Cybernetics: A Politically Potent Revised Humanism?

The notion that our bodies play an important role in our identities shouldn’t strike anyone as totally radical. Physical appearance is of paramount importance in western culture, and an obsession over bodies, particularly women’s bodies, is a staple of popular culture.


Implications of WikiScanner

There’s been a growing buzz about Virgil Griffith‘s WikiScanner for several weeks, but it didn’t catch my eye — or ear — until I listened today to an Aug 22 podcast from the Chronicle of Higher Ed, featuring an interview of Griffith himself.

The Copyright Battle in a Digital World: Where Napster Failed, Will YouTube Succeed?

“There is no absolute way to prevent people from copying the digital versions of your text, your music, your movie, or your data. If a computer will interpret the data and let someone use it, then that same computer can be programmed to grab the data and make a copy of it. The flexibility and programmability of these machines are a double-edged sword.