Monthly Archives: September 2010

Grimmelmann and Ohm’s “Dr. Generative Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the iPhone”

James Grimmelmann and Paul Ohm have published “Dr. Generative Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the iPhone,” a spot-on review of Jonathan Zittrain’s The Future of the Internet that fills in some practical blanks left by the original.

Responses to Malcom Gladwell’s social media article

Malcom Gladwell’s New Yorker piece about his skepticism of social media’s role in social change has brought out the heavyweights, and in the past few days there’s been some really great writing about the idea. Anil Dash, in particular, raises the point that the actions of the Maker community are actually political, even though it […]

Best Game Ever in Bing Crosby’s cellar – history and the analog hole

Stories like the discovery of Bing Crosby’s copy of the previously lost Game 7 of the 1960 World Series are fun, and not totally uncommon. Earlier this year the National Jazz Museum acquired the Savory Collection of about 1,000 discs of radio broadcasts of jazz greats that had been recorded from radio broadcasts by an […]

Obama administration’s encryption proposal and the Clipper chip

William Safire’s 1994 response to the Clipper chip works as a smart and poignant response to the Obama administration’s reported proposal to weaken encryption so “secure” communications can be wiretapped. The Safire piece is too good and too short to excerpt. The story of the “crypto wars” and the Clipper chip in the 80s and […]

links for 2010-09-27

Hey Twitter: Give us our Tweets A call for tweet data older than what is available on the site. It's nice to make the call, and it's great if Twitter listens, but unless you own your own data or have some control over the services you use, you're beholden to a corporation to make decisions […]