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Archive for the ‘The Interwebs’ Category

A systematic pretense of an inability to understand

May 25, 2010

This response by Popper to the Frankfurt School critique of his approach in The Positivist Dispute in German Sociology was recently posted to the philosophy sub-reddit, under the title “Could someone help me find an article by Karl Popper mocking the Frankfurt School?” (subtitled “It was posted here a few months ago and I believe […]

We’re trapped in the belly of this horrible machine, and the machine is bleeding to death

July 17, 2009

I’m making a mixed CD for a friend and thought I’d conclude it on a bright note, with my favourite over-the-top apocalyptic Godspeed You! Black Emperor song. It occurred to me that someone must have made an accompanying video and posted it to YouTube. I was right. Here’s what I found: I think my favourite […]


July 15, 2009

Well, Hilary Bok—better known as Hilzoy of the Obsidian Wings group blog—will soon be logging what she says will be her last blog post (though she promises to stay engaged with comments). She attributes her decision to a sense that the reason she began blogging—as she puts it, that, “in 2002, I thought that my […]

On bureaus in Tehran, Ctd.

July 6, 2009

Roger Cohen is rapidly becoming my favourite columnist out there, the one whose name I’m excited to see in the top right corner of the NYT’s frontpage. As for his colleagues, I find it hard to muster the patience anymore for the bitter pettiness of Dowd, the goofiness of Friedman, or the predictable hystrionics of […]

“Fame, fame, fame… what’s your [screen-]name?”

July 2, 2009

Chris Wilson has an article up on Slate about the prospects for becoming famous on Web 2.0: I crunched the numbers to find out what percentage of YouTube videos hit it big, cracking even 10,000 or 100,000 views. The results: You might have better odds playing the lottery than of becoming a viral video sensation. […]

Google News has no bureau in Tehran

July 1, 2009

The public tragedy of the collapse of the big newspapers is in the loss of their vast reporting apparatuses. It is the pool of information these apparatuses gather and process from which aggragators and bloggers are commonly accused of leaching. From Wire creator David Simon’s congressional testimony on the future of journalism: What I say […]

What a beat! (NSFW… lots of play on social taboos)

June 23, 2009

Note:  The video clips provide a nice little window into the fertile culture of the 4chan /b/tards (many will find them extremely offensive). Fascinating, no? The interwebs are serious business. Via the Encyclopedia Dramatica

The regime and the media

June 21, 2009

Reporters Without Borders reports: Iran now has a total of 33 journalists and cyber-dissidents in its jails, while journalists who could not be located at their homes have been summoned by telephone by Tehran prosecutor general Said Mortazavi. … Twenty-three journalists have been arrested in the week since the presidential election results : 14 June: […]

Cyber Security: Canada Edition

June 18, 2009

Canada’s Conservative government is pushing legislation to greatly increase law-enforcement claims on ISP’s. The legislation would: enable police to access information on an Internet subscriber, such as name, street address and email address, without having to get a search warrant force Internet service providers to freeze data on their hard drives to prevent subscribers under […]

The ethics of citizen cyber-warfare

June 16, 2009

From Wired: But the tactic of launching these distributed denial of service, or DDOS, attacks remains hugely controversial. The author of one-web based tool, “Page Rebooter,” used by opposition supporters to send massive amounts of traffic to Iranian government sites, temporarily shut the service down, citing his discomfort with using the tool “to attack other […]