Monthly Archives: September 2011

Why watch Zambia?

Zambia held presidential elections this week, a contest that’s had interesting implications beyond the borders of that southern African nation. When I speak about international news, I’m often asked about stories I think people should be following – this election … Continue reading

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I see what you’re thinking…

“Dreams seen by a man-made machine How does it seem, how does it seem That we can see each others dreams” – CAN, “Last Night’s Sleep” from Until the End of the World soundtrack It’s a rainy Friday here in … Continue reading

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links for 2011-09-16

Shouting Fire in a Crowded Hashtag Important essay by Andres Monroy-Hernandes about the use of social media to document drug violence in Mexico, and the shameful government response. (tags: socialmedia citizenmedia journalism drugs terrorism mexico) Turkmenistan: One (Pre-Filled) Laptop Per … Continue reading

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A Vast Wasteland, Five Decades Later

Fifty years ago, Newton Minow, the 35 year old FCC chairman, gave a speech that’s still studied today. It’s taught in rhetoric courses, tested on the LSAT reading comprehension test and still is invoked in discussions of how communications technology … Continue reading

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The science of food… and of resetting your expectations

This is one of the more surreal weeks of my recent life. On Sunday, I took possession of an adorable and small apartment near Inman Square in Cambridge, fought my way through Ikea and spent the first night of my … Continue reading

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