Who Owns the Internet?

What Big Tech’s monopoly powers mean for our culture.

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How Information Got Re-Invented, The story behind the birth of the information age

« It was Claude Shannon who made the final synthesis, who defined the concept of information and effectively solved the problem of noise. It was Shannon who was credited with gathering the threads into a new science. But he had important predecessors at Bell Labs, two engineers who had shaped his thinking since he discovered their work as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, who were the first to consider how information might be put on a scientific footing, and whom Shannon’s landmark paper singled out as pioneers. »

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Le livre, ultime attribut du pouvoir

Le livre , en revanche, incarne la capacité à résister aux distractions immédiates, à rester concentré sur un sujet plus de deux heures. C’est l’anti-éparpillement. Quelques jours avant de quitter la Maison Blanche, Barack Obama accordait une interview …

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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.

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Cultural appropriation and appreciation: a thin line to tread

As someone who has chosen to study a foreign language and culture in Japanese, I am acutely aware of the benefits of exposing oneself to another culture , but equally the perils of misrepresenting or misusing it. Suggestions of the appropriation of …

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Friday essay: how the Men’s Painting Room at Papunya transformed Australian art

A close up from Michael Jensen’s Pintupi and Anmatyerr artists in Men’s Painting Room (circa August 1972). Michael Jensen Seismic shifts occur infrequently on the cultural landscape, and the works produced at such rare moments accrue mystique over and above their individual artistic merit.

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Negative Reviews are a Public Service, Not a Blight

There’s a solid minority of the book community that believes one should never be publicly critical of a book. That’s the view of one book reviewer I met at a writing club meeting on Saturday, and that’s the impression I am getting on Twitter: If a book is not outrageously, unforgivably bad for art and society as a whole and you give it below a 5 on Goodreads, I don’t trust you. — Alana Massey (@AlanaMassey) June 14, 2017 Peter Derk feels the same way; a couple days ago he explained on Lit Reactor why he has stopped writing bad reviews.

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