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(Dis)Connected: Abstraction and the Millennial Experience

You see the word “millennial” so often online it’s almost irksome. What, if anything, is so important about millennials? Besides the years in which we were born, what makes a millennial a millennial? What is millennial culture, and what do millennials value? I would argue that millennials are very important, but not because we’re more …

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Borges’ The Library of Babel: A Story For Our (Infinite) Moment

Type “library of babel” into your search engine of choice, and you’ll discover something interesting. First, you’ll discover information on the short story, The Library of Babel, by Jorge Luis Borges, which is interesting enough on its own accord. Next, you’ll find a website that brings Borges’ idea into the digital realm. The website is …

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What Does the Death of Net Neutrality Mean for Blogs?

[alert type=alert-white ]Please consider making a tax-deductible donation now so we can keep publishing strong creative voices.[/alert] Blogs are the cultural heart of the internet. When someone publishes their own blog with no guaranteed return for doing so, they’re like someone who writes poetry for the sake of writing poetry. A blog from an unknown …

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The Cyberpunks Are Right: We Need Internet Rebellion

Cyberpunk first became a thing in the 80’s, before the internet as we know it existed. Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner was an early exponent, as was author Bruce Sterling’s Mirrorshades anthology. MIT’s Henry Jenkins says, “Cyberpunk’s protagonists are hackers, rockers, and other cultural rebels, clinging to a cult of individualism in a culture characterized by …

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