Tech Trends: What If Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

Could a cancer risk end our cultural love affair with the cell phone?

An article in today’s New York Times caught my eye: “Cellphone Radiation May Cause Cancer, Advisory Panel Says.” Now that’s not what I needed to start my day, but it certainly did get my interest. According to this story by Tara Parker-Pope and Felicity Barringer, several things seems to be true: 1. The Advisory Panel [Read More...]

Tech Trends: Groupon Uses Poetry and Humor to Grow Its Business

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A couple of months ago I signed up with Groupon. Now I get an email “coupon” each day, offering me some deal within a reasonable drive from my house. None of this is especially interesting. But what I have found interesting is the written copy that entices me to use my daily coupon. For example, [Read More...]

Tech Trends: Is Technology a Threat to Love?

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Digital technology helps us stay in touch with our loved ones. It gives us new ways to communicate with our family members and closest friends. So it supports and expands our ways of loving, right? Jonathan Franzen, an award-winning author, says “No.” A couple of weeks ago he delivered the commencement address at Kenyon College [Read More...]

Tech Trends: The Twitter Trap

A twitter trap?

Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York Times, questions the impact of Twitter and other social media on our minds. Here are a few salient excerpts: I don’t mean to be a spoilsport, and I don’t think I’m a Luddite. I edit a newspaper that has embraced new media with creative, prizewinning gusto. I [Read More...]


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