I recently read Douglas Rushkoff’s latest book, Present Shock - When Everything Happens Now Rushkoff suggests that our society has re-oriented itself to the present moment. The 20th century was preoccupied with the future. But now that the future is here, we have reoriented our selves to the present where everything is live, real time and always on. This has ... Continue Reading about Present Shock – When Everything Happens Now
This video I Forgot My Phone has created a stir. It plays on the idea that technology has pulled us from the realities of daily life. This sentiment has become the fodder of popular writers who wax poetic about the days when we were free. When we're disconnected, we're light, real and human. We we're connected, it seems, we are chained down and ... Continue Reading about Is It Possible to Unplug?
JAMA last week published a nice viewpoint piece, Social Media and Physicians’ Identity Crisis, written by Margaret Chisolm and her peers at Johns Hopkins. The piece challenges the dated concept of multiple online identities. You can read their ideas here (but you'll have to chisel through JAMA’s paywall). While practically minded public physicians have long ... Continue Reading about Translating Social Concepts for the Academic Consumer
I recently had a read Jaron Lanier’s Who Owns the Future? This is a fascinating read that offers a critical look at today's internet business models. Lanier is preoccupied with the power of Big Tech and the marginalization of the middle class. The Internet creates wealth in a very few, Lanier argues, and does so at the expense of the end user. “The primary ... Continue Reading about Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier
There are only two things on the internet: Content. The stuff that we look at. Conversation. The the dialog that happens around the stuff we look at. Consequently, there are only two things that you can do online: You make the stuff that people look at. You talk about the stuff that other people make. I'm working on a big project here. This seems ... Continue Reading about The Two Things on the Internet
In The New Digital Age – Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen take you though a futuristic view of a hyper-connected planet with all of its promises and challenges. From the future of war and cyberterrorism to virtual hate crimes, online identity and cyber discrimination, the authors offer a unique and thorough take on ... Continue Reading about The New Digital Age Book Review