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2017: A Digital Year in Review

It's easy to complain. And complaining has always been en mode. We tend to concentrate on negative aspects of our lives and gloss over the things that go well because when things are go well that's just how they are supposed to go. People said that 2016 was a shitty year. People are already saying…

An Open Letter to Ajit Pai

Mr. Pai, If you believe - truly believe - that corporations have the public's best interest in their hearts, why do you work for the government? Why is there a government at all?   You know the answer to this question. Your position as the Chairman of the FCC is to protect the public against…

Why You Should Donate to Wikipedia

In today's environment of echo chambers, fake news, and confirmation bias, we seem to be heading down a path to voluntary ignorance. Where the end of that path leads, no one knows. However, we know enough to say that that place resembles hell more than heaven. The original promise of the Internet was to unite…

Should I Give my 18-Month-Old Son the iPad?

I can remember it clearly, probably because it was repeated so many times. "Tony, stop watching TV and go outside and play." I would look up in a zombie gaze and squint my eyes at the bright light coming through the window. I would reluctantly click off the TV. Open the door. Go outside. Our…

Why The United Ejected Passenger Fiasco Will Not Hurt Its Brand

Quick informal survey: before two days ago, how many of you loved United Airlines? Yeah, I thought so. The video of the poor man getting ripped out of a plane due to the reality of over-booking looks bad. The screaming added a level of barbarism. The blood on his face when he came back only…