Information and Contemplation – Teaching Students How to Unplug

Do we need to teach college students how to unplug? Is this a good use of their educational time, not to mention tuition money? David Levy, a professor in the Information School at the University of Washington says “Yes,” according to a recent article in USA Today. In “Prof tackles tech distractions one student at [Read More...]

What’s With the Doppelgangers?

There’s a whole bunch of movies about doppelgangers (someone’s exact double) coming out in the next month or so. Over at The Atlantic, I wrote about that, and speculated on why this may be (hint–maybe the Internet has something to do with it): That mainlined update on everyone else’s life, I think, taps into the root [Read More...]

Those Dandy Selfies

We often think of the “selfie” (the practice of taking self-portraits and posting them to the Internet on social media like Facebook and Instagram) as a sort of postmodern phenomenon for teenagers. But over at the Paris Review blog, Tara Isabella Burton suggests that the origins of the selfie can be traced to nineteenth-century dandyism — [Read More...]

Wearable Technology: Darth Vader or Dick Tracy?

The whole issue of “wearable technology” has been around a long time, but it’s starting to become a hot topic with advancements like Google Glass and Fitbit. So over at The High Calling, Marcus Goodyear is asking, “Does it matter if people see technology before they see each other?” Forget about the big TVs. The [Read More...]


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