Anil Dash on the Nature of Public

The phenomenon of doxxing (revealing personal information about a person online) has made clear that public information exists in a context of power and consent, and we must construct our ethics in that context. We can’t do that if we are still pretending that taking information that was merely…

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Gideon Lewis-Kraus on Autocorrect

I started in the general vicinity of the letter d and then just let loose, trying to tap at random across the characters. The first time I tapped out dcisnence and drew existence. The random string dzyjzynxe produced distance. The third time I went a little longer and beset my…

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Matt Hartman on Yo!

If you think “Yo” has two characters, you’re not counting in binary. Yo is your mailman putting up the mailbox flag. Yo is a buzzer going off letting you know your table is ready. When Yo! was released, the internet exploded in ridicule (myself included). If you're not familiar,…

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Liraz Margalit on Why We Crave Social Media

They enable us to infer the other person’s intentions, as well as how involved they are in the conversation, whether they are stressed or relaxed, if they are attracted to us, and so on. Nonverbal signals add a level of depth to the interaction, but demand cognitive and emotional…

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Cormac Eklof on Digital Reading

Maybe the decline of deep reading isn’t due to reading skill atrophy but to the need to develop a very different sort of skill, that of teaching yourself to focus your attention. Nowhere has the digital versus analog debate raged so fiercely as in the realm of reading. And…

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