At Your Favorite Restaurant . . . Hey, Put Away that Camera!

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I read a fascinating little story in a recent edition of the New York Times. Helene Stapinksi reports in “Restaurants Turn Camera Shy” that growing numbers of restaurants are no longer allow patrons to photograph their food. That’s right, no more quick pics to post on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. [Read More...]

Digital Technology and Education: A Mixed Bag

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Is digital technology the savior of education? Or is it the destroyer of education? Or is it both . . . and neither? For quite a while now, we’ve been told that one of the big secrets for improving education is the Internet. If we want all students to learn, then we need to get [Read More...]

The Interweaving of Digital Life with Embodied Life – Social Media vs. Privacy

Somebody who looks an awfully lot like me was caught walking on a trail through Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. Somehow, this photo magically appeared on Facebook.

Yesterday, I considered the interweaving of digital life and embodied life in response to an article that explained how political spats on Facebook impact relationships, including the face-to-face kind. Today, I want to look at another curious case of such interweaving of the digital and the embodied. In “Seeking Privacy in a Networked Age,” New [Read More...]

Is Digital Technology Warping Your Brain?

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Is digital technology warping your brain? Maybe so. Or at least it is changing your brain. In a recent article in the New York Times, “Your Brain on E-Books and Smartphone Apps,” Nick Bilton confesses that his brain is being shaped by his frequent use of electronic media for reading. Here’s how his confession begins: [Read More...]