1. The Informed Analysis of New Media

    I recently finished two works about the "free culture" movement, each of which are polar opposites -- and in a way that is unsettling. The most recent is Mark Helprin's Digital Barbarism: a Writer's Manifesto. I have long found it ironic that critics of "Web 2.0" -- to use a problematic …

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  2. Morality and the Dilemma

    The challenge at the heart of collective action is how cooperative behavior emerges when there are apparent reasons for it not to. This is famously demonstrated by the Prisoner's Dilemma in which two co-suspects have compelling cause to defect -- turn informer -- against the other but the consequent of both following …

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  3. Making Word Useful

    Because I use speech recognition software (SR) I'm forced to tangle with proprietary software and formats; this provides a continuous reminder of the benefits and joys of Free Software. However, I have learned a few things about maintaining a Windows system for SR over the past five years.

    In 2004 …

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  4. A Google Group Gripe

    In the past few months I have received invitations to join varied Google Groups. While they are no doubt easy to set up, the (ironic) thing these groups had in common was a focus on free culture (e.g., FOSS and Wikipedia). However, I have not been able to learn …

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