Surat Lozowick on The Internet

An in-depth look at Chris Anderson’s Free and related theories

(Originally written in late 2010; some sections have been updated or removed.) Table of Contents: 1 Summary of key concepts in Free: The future of a radical price      1.1 Atoms vs. bits      1.2 Value is no longer determined by price … Continue reading

The future

The distractions, the deluge of notifications, the overwhelming amount of information, all these subjects upon which there is so much discussion about dealing with: they are only the beginning. In a hundred years, we’ll have computer chips embedded in our … Continue reading

Realistic Online Privacy Expectations

When sharing anything on a public or semi-public digital network, you must be willing to accept two maxims of digital content distributed over public (and often semi-public) networks: That it is timeless and permanent That it is accessible to anyone, … Continue reading

The new addiction

It’s undeniable that computer technology, and the ease of information and communication access it enables, can be addictive. Comparisons to classically addictive materials, then, like cigarettes, is to be expected, and in some ways quite apt. As Ian Bogost lays … Continue reading

Using the iPhone for creation over escapism

James Smits, in an email about my post on iPhone escapism: Recently, I noticed myself in the same pattern that you mention, reaching for my iPhone before I even knew why I wanted it. Too frequently the culprit was Twitter. … Continue reading

Escape

My iPhone is an escape, and it’s an escape that’s always in my pocket. It’s an escape when I’m on the metro and I don’t want to face all the weary faces. It’s an escape when I’m walking down the … Continue reading

Travel

Traveling allows you to leave your world, and to enter another. But not only physical travel: that’s also often the motivation for using drugs, entertainment and the internet. Drugs warp the world you’re in, entertainment invites you into a world … Continue reading

The internet is simply a place

Aaron Mahnke, in an interview with Stephen Hackett: I’m coming to realize that the internet in all its forms (my computer, my devices, even the television) is simply a place. And I can only be in one place at a … Continue reading

Revolutionizing political advertising

Joel Spolsky: The dismal corruption of congress has gotten it to the point where lobbying for legislation is out of control. As Larry Lessig has taught us, the core rottenness originates from the high cost of running political campaigns, which … Continue reading

What any social network needs to succeed, and how to get there

The value of any social network resides in its userbase. Quora and Reddit are great because of the quality and intelligence of the discussions on them, YouTube is successful because of the amount of video uploaded to it, Twitter and … Continue reading