Technology and Society

Internet Addiction
by Barbara M. Wildemuth

Genre and Identity: Citizenship in the Age of the Internet and the Age of Global Capitalism
Charles Bazerman
University of California, Santa Barbara • PDF

Media Literacy Begins at Home
Parents have more control than ever before over how popular culture influences their kids. The trick is to treat media as an ally rather an enemy.
By Henry Jenkins
MIT Technology Review
December 5, 2003 • PDF

Why Heather Can Write
Not everything kids learn from popular culture is bad for them: Some of the best writing instruction takes place outside the classroom in online communities.
By Henry Jenkins
MIT Technology Review
February 6, 2004 • PDF

What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow Up in Cyberspace
The New York Times
Published: May 29, 2004 • PDF

The Effect of Internet Usage on Social Capital
Raymond N. Ankney
Assistant professor
Temple University

Disconnected Urbanism
The cell phone has changed our sense of place more than faxes, computers, and e-mail.
By Paul Goldberger
November 2003

The geek shall inherit the Earth
by Sandy Starr
March 3, 2004 • PDF

Press Here to Control the Universe
Editorial, The New York Times
March 1, 2004 • PDF

A Prettier Jobs Picture?
The New York Times
February 22, 2004 • PDF

Vegetal and mineral memory: The future of books
Umberto Eco
Al-Ahram Weekly
November 20-26, 2003

Fear of Book Assasination Haunts Bibliophile’s Musings
by André Bernard
Review of A Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World, by Nicholas A. Basbanes. HarperCollins, 444 pages, $29.95.

Raging Against the Machine
In its '1984' commercial, Apple suggested that its computers would smash Big Brother. But technology gave him more control.
LA Times
By Theodore Roszak
January 28, 2004, •PDF•

Amazon Books Reviewer, Rebecca Johnson

What's a Review, Anyway? Blurring the lines between opinion and criticism
Francine Fialkoff,
Library Journal
7/1/2001 • PDF


Thumbing His Nose at Academe, a Scholar Tries to Auction His Services
The Chronicle of higher Education
May 28, 2004 • PDF


Google and Akamai: Cult of Secrecy vs. Kingdom of Openness
The king of search is tapping into what may be the largest grid of computers on the planet. And it remains extraordinarily secretive about its core technologies—perhaps because it senses a potential competitor in dotcom era flameout Akamai.
By Simson Garfinkel
MIT Technology Review
April 21, 2004 • PDF

Search For Tomorrow
We Wanted Answers, And Google Really Clicked. What's Next?
By Joel Achenbach
Washington Post
February 15, 2004 • PDF

Search Beyond Google
By Wade Roush
MIT Technology Review
March 2004 • PDFPDF print

Behind the Rise of Google Lies the Rise in Internet Credibility
New York Times
February 27, 2004 • PDF



Well-Designed Weblogs
Lars Holst
Feb. 11, 2004

Semantic Blogging: Spreading the Semantic Web Meme
Steve Cayzer
Research Engineer, Hewlett-Packard
Hewlett-Packard • PDF
More info

Who Blogs? And How Careful Are They? 
MIT Technology Review
April 2004 • PDF

Blog Survey: Expectations of Privacy and Accountability
Fernanda Viégas
MIT Lab, 2004 • PDF

The Revolution Will Not Be Blogged
To see beyond their own little world and get a sense of what's really going on, journalists and readers need to get out of their pajamas.
By George Packer
May/June 2004 Issue • PDF


Hackers strike at University of Texas
UPI Release
3/6/2003 • PDF

Data Theft Incident Response
UT Austin release, November 4, 2003 • PDF
Initial Report -- March 5, 2003, 10:00 p.m. • PDF
Data Theft Update (October 2003) • PDF


R.I.P.: The Counterculture Aura of Linux
Linux, the free operating system once seen as a symbol of a
computing counterculture, is being forced to behave more
like mainstream technology.
The New York Times
May 25, 2004 • PDF

Samuel M.Wilson and Leighton C. Peterson
Department of Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin,
email:; • PDF

The boisterous world of online literary commentary is many things. But is it criticism?
By James Marcus
Washington Post
Sunday, April 11, 2004; Page BW13 • PDF

On the Web, Vengeance Is Mine (and Mine)
The New York Times
Published: March 28, 2004 • PDF

My Avatar, My Self
Pick a virtual body and hang out in a massive simulated world: it may be the future of online interaction.
By David Kushner
MIT Technology Review
April 2004 • PDF

Genetics and Cloning

The Case Against Perfection
What's wrong with designer children, bionic athletes, and genetic engineering
 by Michael J. Sandel
The Atlantic Monthly
April 2004 • PDF


U.S. Nearing Deal on Way to Track Foreign Visitors
The New York Times
May 24, 2004 • PDF

Database Tagged 120,000 as Possible Terrorist Suspects
The New York Times
Published: May 21, 2004 • PDF

Face Forward
OmniPerception’s facial-recognition technology protects privacy as well as property.
By Erika Jonietz
MIT Technology Review
May 2004 • PDF

Technology Strains to Find Menace in the Crowd
The New York Times
Published: May 31, 2004 • PDF

Surveillance Nation
Webcams, tracking devices, and interlinked databases are leading to the elimination of unmonitored public space. Are we prepared for the consequences of the intelligence-gathering network we’re unintentionally building?
By Dan Farmer and Charles C. Mann
MIT Technology Review
March 2003 • PDF

Surveillance Nation—Part Two
In pursuit of security and service, we are submitting ourselves to a proliferation of monitoring technologies. But a loss of privacy is not inevitable.
By Dan Farmer and Charles C. Mann
MIT Technology Review
May 2003 • PDF

Soon, hardware and software that track your location will be providing directions, offering shopping discounts, and aiding rescue workers—services that promise a windfall for ailing telecom carriers.
By Eric W. Pfeiffer
MIT Technology Review
September 2003 • PDF

The FBI's Cybercrime Crackdown
A new breed of special agent is taking on high tech criminals.
By Simson Garfinkel
MIT Technology Review
November 2002 • PDF

Total Information Overload
Co–program manager Robert L. Popp on the U.S. Defense Department’s Terrorism Information Awareness project.
By Erika Jonietz
MIT Technology Review
July/Augist 2003 • PDF

A More Anonymous Internet
By Tracy Staedter
MIT Technology Review
May 2003 • PDF

“The Right to Privacy”
Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis
4 Harvard Law Review 193 (1890)
December 15, 1890    
Backup link

Online Search Engines Help Lift Cover of Privacy
By Yuki Noguchi
Washington Post
February 9, 2004 • PDF

"Plugging In"
by David Post,
American Lawyer,
November 1997)

Privacy Concerns
by Don Goldhamer
Boston Massachusetts
July 24, 2000

Directive 95/46/EC
24 October 1995


We need to pull ourselves together
Theodore Dalrymple reviews Therapy Culture by Frank Furedi

Seven Deadly Sentiments
Introducing the shameful feelings that many people have but few admit
by Kathleen McGowan
Psychology Today
Jan/Feb 2004 • PDF

Online Dating stories

Love Online
Online relationships aren't virtual, and they aren't revolutionary. Shakespeare knew it, and so does my son.
By Henry Jenkins
MIT Technology Review
October 4, 2002 • PDF

Relationship Formation on the Internet: What's the Big Attraction?
Katelyn Y. A. McKenna, Amie S. Green & Marci E. J. Gleason
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 58 Issue 1 Page 9  - Spring 2002 • PDF

Love in the personals
By Catherine Keenan
Sydney Morning Herald
January 3, 2004 • PDF

Opposites Attract? Not in Real Life
The New York Times
July 8, 2003 • PDF

New social-networking startups aim to mine digital connections to help people find jobs and close deals.
By Michael Fitzgerald
MIT Technology Review
April 2004 • PDF

A BlackBerry Throbs, and a Wonk Has a Date
The New York Times
Published: May 30, 2004

Reality Television

Convergence Is Reality
Who would have anticipated that reality television would turn out to be the killer app of media convergence?
By Henry Jenkins
MIT Technology Review
June 6, 2003 • PDF

Intellectual Property

Can Disney Build a Better Mickey Mouse?
The New York Times
Published: April 18, 2004 • PDF

Can This Mouse Be Saved?
Henry Jenkins
MIT Technology Review Blogs
April 21, 2004

What will the music of the future sound like?
Dan Brown
CBC News
March 11, 2004

A Heretical View of File Sharing
The New York Times
April 5, 2004 • PDF

Report Raises Questions About Fighting Online Piracy
The New York Times
March 1, 2004 • PDF

Losing Control of Your TV
By Simson Garfinkel
MIT Technology Review
March 3, 2004 • PDF


Why We Built the Ivory Tower
The New York Times
Published: May 21, 2004 • PDF

Measuring morals
By Laura Secor
The Boston Globe
1/18/2004 • PDF

Fake Authenticity: An Introduction
Joshua Glenn

The Great Blogging Ethics Debate
By Cynthia L. Webb
Washington Post
Wednesday, April 9, 2003 • PDF

Before Teaching Ethics, Stop Kidding Yourself
The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 20, 2004 • PDF

Pedagogy, Religion, and the Future of Philosophy
Claire Elise Katz
Winter 2004 • PDF

New Technology Research

The Undead Zone: Why realistic graphics make humans look creepy.
By Clive Thompson
Posted Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at 2:20 PM PT • PDF

Kurzweil's Rules of Invention
One prolific inventor offers tips on how to ensure that your inventions have their day in the sun.
By Ray Kurzweil
MIT Technology Review
May 2004 • PDF

Photons Teleported Six Kilometers
MIT Technology Review
April 16, 2004

Sparking the Fire of Invention
A new breed of entrepreneurs is out to reinvent invention by uniting far-flung innovators and freeing them from normal corporate constraints.
MIT Technology Review
By Evan I. Schwartz
May 2004 • PDF

When mentalmodels go wrong: co-occurrences in dynamic, critical systems
Denis Besnarda, David Greatheada, Gordon Baxter
Int. J. Human-Computer Studies 60 (2004) 117–128
accepted 17 September 2003 • PDF

One Person, One Phone
As Wi-Fi networks link with cellular networks, telephonic unity nears.
By Corie Lok
MIT Technology Review
March 2004 • PDF

US govt buys world's biggest RAM disk
2.5TB in solid state memory - but what's it for?
By Chris Mellor
March 9, 2004 • PDF

Spam Filters
How spam filters mix and match tactics to keep junk e-mail out of in-boxes.
By 5W Infographic
MIT Technology Review
April 2004

Ten Technologies That Deserve to Die
Some technologies are so blatantly obnoxious that the human race would rejoice if they were summarily executed. A humorist and science fiction writer offers some candidates.
By Bruce Sterling
October 2003 • PDF

The Myth of Doomed Data
The handwringing about obsolete formats is misguided. The digital files we create today will be around for a very, very long time.
By Simson Garfinkel
MIT Technology Review
December 3, 2003 • PDF


A Conversation with HDNet’s Mark Cuban on the future of HDTV
Interview by Jerry Del Colliano
November, 2001

Mark Cuban's HDTV View
By Alex Salkever
December 16, 2002 • PDF

The Big Picture
Leigh Gallagher
03.01.04 • PDF

A Bigger Screen for Mark Cuban
The bad-boy owner of the Dallas Mavericks bets you'll want high-definition TV, and he usually wins his bets
Monday, Apr. 22, 2002 • PDF

Mass Media

Curse of Youth
Two new Dallas papers are keeping tabs on the little futhermuckers
Dallas Observer
11/20/03 • PDF

Are Bloggers Journalists?
John Hiler
Microcontent news
April 11, 2002

Broadcast blues
How dubious news practices and a creeping commercial ethic helped humble the mighty BBC
By Kevin Cullen
The Boston Globe
2/15/2004 • PDF


Journalists Say Paper Failed to Stop Deceit of Reporter
New York Times
March 29, 2004 • PDF

Human Communication

Just Like, Er, Words, Not, Um, Throwaways
The New York Times
January 3, 2004

On Religion

The Christian Media Counterculture
Evangelical Christians are using the new media environment to promote their own worldview and protect their traditions from what they see as a secular onslaught.
By Henry Jenkins
MIT Technology Review
March 5, 2004 • PDF

Dieting for Jesus
We should worry less about America's Christian conservatives. They are more American than they are Christian or conservative.
Alan Wolfe
The Prospect 
January 2004 • PDF

The deadliest sin
As Americans prepare to stuff themselves with turkey and pumpkin pie, two new books ask what's so bad about gluttony, anyway?
By Jim Holt
Boston Globe
11/23/2003 • PDF

The God of Abraham, Jesus, and Muhammad
The author of God: A Biography says that, yes, of course Jews, Christians, and Muslims worship the same God.
Jack Miles
BeliefNet PDF

A Merry Marxy Christmas
By Eugene McCarraher
In These Times
December 23, 2003 • PDF

Reading Your Mind
How our brains help us understand other people
Rebecca Saxe
Boston Review
Feb/March 2004 • PDF

On Society

The Myth of Generation N
Contrary to popular belief, not all kids are naturally adept with technology—and that spells trouble in an increasingly wired society.
By Simson Garfinkel
MIT Technology Review
August 8, 2003 • PDF

An M.B.A. brings marketing methods to the mating game.
The New Yorker
Issue of 2003-11-24

Futurology gets a little more exact
From the way we drive to how we vote, physicists reckon they can forecast human behaviour. Philip Ball explains the so-called 'physics of society'
The Guardian
Thursday January 29, 2004

The Glittering Jumble
by Anne Hollander
Review of The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value is Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness, By Virginia Postrel (HarperCollins, 237 pp., $24.95) 
The New Republic
December 12, 2003

Secret Names
by David Mamet
Three Penny Review
Winter, 2004

Wedding Bell Blues
by Richard A. Posner
Review of Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution, by Evan Gerstmann (Cambridge University Press, 222 pp., $22) 
December 11, 2003

Income Mobility and the Fallacy of Class-Warfare Arguments Against Tax Relief
by D. Mark Wilson
Backgrounder #1418, The Heritage Foundation
March 8, 2001

Oh, R-o-ob, The Bad Words Won't Go Away
By John T. McWhorter
Washington Post
December 28, 2003

Setting The Bar
When our standards don't live up to our standards
 by Cullen Murphy
The Atlantic
December, 2003

The perils of living in a consumer paradise
With so many things to choose from, why aren't Americans happier than ever?
By Jonathon Keats
Christian Science Monitor
Review of THE PARADOX OF CHOICE: WHY MORE IS LESS, by Barry Schwartz,Ecco, 288 pp., $23.95
January 6, 2004

Technology and Democracy

Street Maps in Political Hues
New York Times
May 20, 2004 • PDF

Hot Politics: The Changing Places of Political Participation in the Age of the Internet
Charles Bazerman
University of California, Santa Barbara • PDF

Q: What will happen when a national political machine can fit on a laptop? A: See below
By Everett Ehrlich
Washington Post
December 14, 2003

Enter The Cybercandidates
Politicians like Howard Dean are using the Web to rewrite the rules of American politics.
By Henry Jenkins
MIT Technology Review
October 8, 2003 • PDF

Computer-Enabled Democracy?
Technology's role in selecting public officials needn't be limited to the voting machines. But would you let a software agent tell you who to vote for?
By David Wolman
MIT Technology Review
October 31, 2003 • PDF

The Perils of Online Voting
The New York Times
Published: January 23, 2004

Hacking democracy?
Computerized vote-counting machines are sweeping the country. But they can be hacked -- and right now there's no way to be sure they haven't been.
By Farhad Manjoo
Feb. 20, 2004 • PDF

On Politics

Lying Brain Teasers
Politicians, Liars and Mathematical Puzzles
By John Allen Paulos
December 7, 2003

The -Ism That Failed
Neoconservatism relies on a history in which it alone won the Cold War. But that's not what happened. As neocons lead us deeper into holy war, it's time for a history lesson.
By John Patrick Diggins
The American Prospect
Issue Date: 12.1.03


Against All Odds
The first great human-rights campaign -- the movement to end slavery in the British Empire -- had no business succeeding. But the legacy of its extraordinary achievement lives on today.
By Adam Hochschild
January/February 2004 Issue, •PDF•

The Origins of Occidentalism
The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 6, 2004, •PDF•

Young Men in Shorts
The 1908 Boy Scout manual was, our reviewer writes, "one of the very few books of the twentieth century that actually led to the formation of a worldwide movement"
 by Christopher Hitchens
The Atlantic Monthly
June 2004 • PDF

On Science

The Big Lab Experiment
Was our universe created by design?
By Jim Holt
May 19, 2004 • PDF

The Time We Thought We Knew
The New York Times
January 1, 2004

Is Science a Public Good?
By Michel Callon
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
March 23, 1993 • Backup link

Aliens Cause Global Warming
A lecture by Michael Crichton
Caltech Michelin Lecture
January 17, 2003

Lomborg celebrates ministry ruling
The scientist who wrote a best-selling book that set out to show the world was not heading for environmental meltdown is celebrating a victory.
December 22, 2003

Danish Ethics Panel Censured for Critique of Book
The New York Times
December 23, 2003

Bjorn Lomborg: Harsh blow for green Luddites
by David Tribe
The Austrailian
December 26, 2003

A different opinion is not a lie
December 21, 2003

'We can implant entirely false memories'
You were abducted by aliens, you saw Bugs Bunny at Disneyland, and then you went up in a balloon. Didn't you? Laura Spinney on our remembrance of things past
The Guardian
December 4, 2003

On Entertainment

The Second Coming of Philip K. Dick
The inside-out story of how a hyper-paranoid, pulp-fiction hack conquered the movie world 20 years after his death.
By Frank Rose
December 2003

Wraiths and race
What with the dark skin, broad faces and dreadlocks, it's a wonder Tolkien didn't give his baddies a natural sense of rhythm, says John Yatt, examining Middle Earth's suspect racial undertones
by John Yatt
The Guardian
December 2, 2002

The Return of the King: Tolkien and the new medievalism
The obsession with power, will and hierarchy in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic The Lord of the Rings fuels its dangerous topicality: a vindication and veneration of empire.
by K.A. Dilday
December 18, 2003

`Lord' of racism? Critics view trilogy as discriminatory
`Two Towers' film reflects tone of book
By David Ibata
Chicago Tribune
January 12, 2003

Comic Books

Box-office draw: Marvel heroes find success on the big screen -- but it's a different story for comic books
By Kim Minugh
Sacremento Bee
June 27, 2003

Studios call: Lights, comics, action!
With comic-book inspired movies doing boffo box office, producers are mining even B-characters for more and more films. But is it too much of a good thing?
Globe and Mail
Apr. 2, 2004 • PDF

MAUS Culture
From DC and Marvel to the latest wave of serious graphic novels, the comic book has come of age
by Peter Swanson
The Atlantic
March 29, 2001 • PDF

A Brief History of Comic Books
By Pratik.S.Dave

Riding Shotgun: Funny books in the lexicon of American culture
comics, the friend you never knew you had
by Steve Spotswood

The Future of Comics

Movies Marvel at love
By Susan Wloszczyna
2/13/2003 • PDF

Selling Online Content—25 Cents at a Time
Comic strips for a quarter? A new twist on micropayments is raising the likelihood that you'll be able to pay tiny sums of money for small slivers of information.
By Henry Jenkins
MIT Technology Review
September 10, 2003 • PDF

Video Games

Videogame Virtue
Playing computer games doesn’t shorten kids' attention spans—it helps them to manage competing demands in the new era of "continuous partial attention."
By Henry Jenkins
MIT Technology Review
August 1, 2003 • PDF

Quick, After Him: Pac-Man Went Thataway
Published: May 9, 2004 • 1pagePDF

On Writing

The Elements of Digital Storytelling (Online Guide)
Nora Paul and Christina Fiebich

Commence Skimming
Start reading. Now. Or. Whatever.
by Jim Walsh

In Focus: Bad Writing
by Ophelia Benson

No Mark of Distinction
Some publishers and scholars want to purge the colon from book titles; the only thing that's worse: semicolons
The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 9, 2004

Pay attention: it's important!
Oliver Pritchett reviews Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
November 24, 2003

Queen of pedants
How has a book on punctuation become a bestseller? John Mullan talks to its author Lynne Truss about commas, hyphens and the importance of correct colon usage
The Guardian
December 2, 2003

McLanguage Meets the Dictionary
The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 19, 2003

Foreign Affairs

Why History Has No End
Victor Davis Hanson
City Journal
Autumn 2003

A cry of: waiter! And the fighting stopped
A new German book reveals fresh details about the day peace broke out
Luke Harding in Berlin
November 11, 2003
The Guardian

Sovereignty and Democracy
By Marc F. Plattner
Policy Review
Dcember 2003

War on Terror/Iraq

Horror show
The government did not want us to see nightmarish images from Iraq. But with our soldiers and our enemies armed with digital cameras, we can't escape the gruesome realities of war.
By Farhad Manjoo
May 12, 2004 • PDF

How Digital Photography is Unmasking the Banality of Evil 
posted by Henry Jenkins
MIT Technology Review blog
5/13/2004 12:57:53 AM

Why America is losing the intelligence war
Asia Times
Nov. 11, 2003

A nation apart
Nov 6th 2003
The Economist

Iraq, Hegemony and the Question of American Empire 
by Michael J. Thompson
Logos 2.4
Fall 2003

The New 'Great Game'
The Nation
February 16, 2004 issue

The Saudi Paradox
Michael Scott Doran
From Foreign Affairs
January/February 2004

Immanuel Kant and the Iraq war
Roger Scruton
February 19, 2004 • PDF

Enabling historical revisionism
October 27, 2003

White House's Search Engine Practices Cause Concern
2600 News.
Posted 28 Oct 2003