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Rushkoff, Doctorow, Civilization, finding lights in the darkness

It’s Christmas Eve. I’m listening to a Team Human podcast episode from a month ago (again) in which Cory Doctorow demonstrates why host Douglas Rushkoff calls him “my smartest friend.” Technology, culture, business and economics have never been as entertaining.

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Posted in 2022, books, Business, civics, Digital Culture, hope, informationoverload, Internet, podcast, podcasting, Social media, socialnets, Technology

17th Century Pamphlets as Social Media

The Atlantic has just alerted me that the leaders of Twitter and Facebook should know more about the history of pamphlet publishing in the 1600s: “The extraordinary ignorance on questions of society and history displayed by the men and women

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Posted in community, Education, Government, History, International, Magazines, Media History, media studies, Social media

More social media? Is Mastodon a more-social medium?

Yes, I’ve joined my [INSERT NUMBER HERE]th online network of human beings. This one has inspired waves of hope and nostalgia. Unlike Facebook or Twitter and several others I’ve used in the past, “Mastodon” is not owned by a media

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Posted in 2022, blogging, communication, community, International, j-heroes, Journalism, Online-Only, Social media, socialnets, Twitter, WordPress

Virginia News News!

October update: The new regional news website for southwestern Virginia was renamed CardinalNews.org just before launch, emphasizing that it is a nonprofit organization and removing the suggestion that it actually was printing a traditional newspaper. The publication is off to

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Posted in 2021, Appalachia, Business, community, Journalism, Newspapers, Online-Only, Radford, Reporting, Roanoke Times, Social media, Southwestern Va, Virginia

Facebook and facing forward

We have had our first ice storm of the winter here in Southwest Virginia. In an entirely unrelated development, I injured my right hand last month so I’m playing less music lately, but down at the Floyd Country Store the

Posted in 2018, Appalachia, communication, Digital Culture, Facebook, Floyd, Internet, Online-Only, Social media
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