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The more we become socially isolated individually, the more our society as a whole suffers, argues Marc Dunkelman.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Tom Standage, digital editor at the Economist, author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses and Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years (Bloomsbury USA, 2013), finds that papyrus rolls and Twitter have a lot in common as he traces the history of instant communication from ancient times to today.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices Online, director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, and author of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection (W.W. Norton & Company, 2013), talks about why the ease of connecting with far-off places and people that technology allows has not translated into greater interest and attention to the rest of the world, and discusses how this could change.
Do you follow events in places you and your family have never lived? Tell us where, how and why you seek out information from afar.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
What would it be like if we could talk to the animals, and they could talk to us? For years, movies have played on this fantasy, often to comic effect. But Con Slobodchikoff isn’t just dreaming of talking to animals. He’s actually doing it. His big feat so far has been decoding the language of prairie dogs, which includes descriptive vocabulary words and sentence-like structures. If his work goes according to plan, we’ll all have the ability to understand what our pets are saying in the next decade, and to talk to them in return.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Following the dramatic election of the pope, announced with a puff of white smoke from the Vatican, our word maven Patricia T. O'Conner talks about the history of communicating through smoke signals. She’ll also answer questions about language and grammar. An updated and expanded third edition of her book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, is available in paperback, as is Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman.
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Thursday, February 07, 2013
As more of us rely on email, texting, and Skype to communicate, the art of letter writing has gradually been coming to an end. But with the death of letters, are we losing something else as well? It’s a question that Martha Tuck Rozett has seriously considered. Martha is an English professor at the University of Albany and author of "When People Wrote Letters: A Family Chronicle."
Friday, November 23, 2012
"Like a stopped clock," the author Lewis Mumford asserts in this 1961 appearance at a Books and Authors Luncheon, he has been exactly right twice.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Steven Johnson makes the case that a new model of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to classrooms, from protest movements to health care. In Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age shows how politics are influenced by the interconnectedness of the Internet and breaks with the conventional categories of liberal or conservative thinking.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wired correspondent James Bamford describes the $2 billion Utah Data Center that is being constructed for the National Security Agency. It’s expected to be up and running in 2013 and will house their database for all forms of communication—emails, cell phone calls, Internet searches, and even bookstore purchases.