You and Your Cell Phone: Is it Addiction . . . or Love?

According to Martin Lindstrom, you are in love . . . with your phone. That’s what he argues in a New York Times op-ed piece entitled, “You Love Your iPhone. Literally.” Apologies to those who have fallen for their Droids and EVOs. Lindstrom, an author and cultural commentator, asks if we should “really characterize the [Read More...]

Fascinating, Scary Article on Computer-Generated Writing

Steve Lohr’s recent column in the New York Times is called: “In Case You Wondered, a Real Human Wrote This Column.” A real human as opposed, not to a zombie, but a computer. The article begins: “WISCONSIN appears to be in the driver’s seat en route to a win, as it leads 51-10 after the [Read More...]

Reading Books Electronically: Some Unexpected Implications

A Hebrew scroll of the prophet Isaiah

Among discussions of the rise of the e-book, I have found relatively little that considers how the very act of reading in this mode might change the way we read and think. Lev Grossman, writing for the New York Times, offers an intriguing perspective on this matter in his recent article, “From Scroll to Screen.” [Read More...]

Is a 3-D Backlash Underway? USA Today Wonders

The President and First Lady watching the 2009 Super Bowl in 3-D. This photo released from the White House.

“Is a 3-D backlash underway?” With this question, Mike Snider begins his recent article in USA Today: “3-D movies, gadgets getting lukewarm reception by some.” Given what appears to be the growing omnipresence of 3-D films and other media, why would Snider wonder about a backlash? He explains: Trailers for Shark Night 3D, a PG-13 [Read More...]


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