Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges

I finally read it! I found it deeply compelling. Borges’ intellectual project in this one is to take every idea he is considering to its logical and even illogical extreme to make points about the idea. He critiques “the death of the author” in “Pierre Menard, the Author of the Quixote,” the ability of falsehoods […]

Literally clicking links

From some correspondence: I continue to be amazed by the extent to which surfing the internet is part of my thinking process. Literally clicking from link to link, thinking about things, thinking about what I’m writing, thinking about people’s arguments, thinking about how arguments work out in the real world of discussion. It’s part of […]

Why Links Rot

Link rot is a technical way of saying that when websites disappear from the internet, links to those websites don’t disappear. The phenomenon of clicking a link and finding a 404 error or a completely disappeared website is frustrating. However, it’s particularly frustrating in light of the reality that some things seem to never disappear […]

From the Files: A Thought Map

My longterm research goals have to do the Future of Work: what will professional activity look like in the future? I strongly believe the future of work is deeply intertwined with the future of the internet, and thus I have become very interested in internet policy. Several years ago, I built a flowchart for myself […]

Motivations!

I’m honored to announce that I have a new article published with Anya Hommadova Lu on an ethnographic/longitudinal study of motivations for gameplay over time in a mobile video game. The Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds published the piece. The work built out of the New Media and Society article that Anya and I […]

Published in El Universal

I’m thrilled to announce that I wrote an opinion article on how the First Amendment, Section 230, and contract law intersect to create the unusual speech situation social media platforms are in. Thanks to The Convergence Lab for offering me the opportunity to publish in El Universal! A different version of my ideas was also […]

Each Day I’m Kerfufflin’

Kerfuffles come and kerfuffles go in the world of national/international social media law, but (at least until recently) proposals on social media law have been mostly smoke and no fire since the SOSTA/FESTA Law in 2018. 2021 may prove to have some actual changes, though. The American government may have finally gained enough steam (and […]

Books of the Year, 2020

I usually read somewhere between 20-26 books a year. This year I read 44 (and abandoned halfway three others not mentioned here) because I had some extra time on my hands. Maybe you did too? I set out to have no theme for my reading this year (a rarity). I spent some time cleaning out […]

Online Coverage of a New Class!

I’m delighted to announce that ASU Now took the time to interview me about the work I’ve been doing in relation to digital ethics and online controversies. I’ve been thinking about digital ethics for a long time via my co-hosted podcast Winning Slowly, and so I am thrilled to be moving toward integrating those ideas […]

Podcast Guest!

I was recently asked to be a guest on the New Valley Conversations podcast on the topic of social media. In the hour-long conversation, I discuss how I got into social media professionally, my first interactions with social media, the good aspects of social media, the bad aspects of social media, the recent documentary The […]