Comments, Online and Off

Well, this is fascinating: apparently web reviewers often make up reviews of things they have not bought - and the culprits aren’t, as you’d expect, the competitors. Rather, it’s loyal customers: The cranky customers are acting, the study concludes, as “self-appointed brand managers.” To put it another way, they are venting. The review forum gives them [Read More...]

Will a Trip to Camp Break a Tech Addiction?

Check out a fascinating piece by Matt Haber over at the New York Times. In “A Trip to Camp to Break a Tech Addiction,” Haber chronicles his recent trip to Camp Grounded, a camp specifically envisioned to help people break their addictions to technology and rediscover the joys of embodied, relational living. Camp Grounded is [Read More...]

The Beauty of a Finite Existence – and Technology

There was an excellent piece in the New York Times this weekend by the novelist Jonathan Safran Foer (author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) called “How Not to Be Alone.” In it, Foer talks about how our technologies make us alone – and what we lose from that: Only those with no imagination, and no grounding [Read More...]

Print Your Lunch

File this one under “Weird But Possibly Amazing”: Relevant magazine reports that 3-D printed food might be at hand (yes, you read that right), and some people think this might be a step toward ending, or at least alleviating, world hunger. You can already print all kinds of things — including prosthetic  and maybe even organs — cheaply. [Read More...]


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