Ivan Illich: Silence is a Commons

For many years I subscribed to CoEvolution Quarterly, the periodical that Stewart Brand founded and which inherited much of its DNA from Brand’s Whole Earth Catalogs. The cover of the winter 1983 issue featured a caricature of Ivan Illich plugging … Continue reading →

Google+ is an Antisocial Network

I’ve been on Google+ since it began, and check in there occasionally, but I’ve never really warmed up to it. I haven’t taken the time to analyze why that is, but I think Chris Abraham nails it in an article … Continue reading →

A Teenager’s View on Social media

A Teenager’s View on Social Media – January 2, 2015 Andrew Watts, a 19-year-old student at the University of Texas, published this article on Medium. It’s one guy’s take on today’s various social media platforms, what they’re good for, and … Continue reading →

Ray Ozzie’s Talko

The first thing I saw when I sat down at my desk this morning was this email from Ray Ozzie. And then the blizzard of news stories about the launch of his product, Talko. This comes just six months after … Continue reading →


Does the world really need another internet chat room? Fair question. But what about a chat room that’s fundamentally different from every other chat room in existence? On March 22, Doug Brown and I opened up Talkomatic after several months … Continue reading →