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In the Mood

A new app from Ghostly music allows you to program your playlist from their archive based on your “mood.” Choices range from sad to aggressive and include two other metrics for more/less digital, and faster/slower. It’s a very cool idea and a very mixed bag in terms of what it …

Death of Privacy

So many deaths. I’m thinking of starting a site called “Deathwatch” that monitors the discourse of death around cultural phenomena. This time a review of Lori Andrews’ I Know Who You Are and Saw What You Did (great title btw) which is about social networking and “the death of privacy.” …

Fairness

A new piece at the NY Times covering the Richard Prince copyright case, in which Prince reworked photographs from a printed book and then sold the works of art for a great deal of money. It’s a high profile version of the tug-of-war going on everyday surrounding the issue of …

The End of Privacy, Part 498

A haunting recent piece in the Times by Hasan M. Elahi, an associate professor at Maryland, who was picked-up by the FBI while traveling after Sept. 11th.  Elahi recounts his interrogation (very bureaucratic, no scary stuff), but also his impulse to share everything in response to the questioning. Elahi eventually …

Book v. Mobile

The Bookmobile is back! According to the Smithsonian, a new project by Tom Corwin is trying to bring the Bookmobile back into vogue. He’s driving it around N. America giving away books donated by famous writers who were themselves influenced by Bookmobiles when they were growing up. You can see …

An Anti-Social Manifesto

Andrew Keen has a new piece in Wired (UK edition) protesting our loss of privacy. It is part of what he is calling his new “anti-social manifesto” (another manifesto…). Keen is worried about our oversharing with social media. He wants us to be lonelier. In part I think he’s right: …

Zen and Social Media

They may seem slightly at odds with one another, but the buddha has some interesting things to say about social networking.  Check out Tiny Buddha’s blog post on “ten mindful ways to use social media.” My personal favorite: 5. Experience now, share later.

Automatic Friends, or, Web 3.0

“But sweeter still, more beautiful and beguiling,/ To be a friend knowingly in the arms of a friend.” – F.G. Klopstock Can friendship be automatic? That is the question circulating around some recent posts about the dismal manual quality of Web 2.0 (aka social networking), and also here. You choose …