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Cybernetics Pioneer Norbert Wiener on the Malady of “Content” and How to Save Creative Culture from the Syphoning of Substance
Cybernetics Pioneer Norbert Wiener on the Malady of “Content” and How to Save Creative Culture from the Syphoning of Substance

“When there is communication without need for communication, merely so that someone may earn the social and intellectual prestige of becoming a priest of communication, the quality and communicative value of the message drop like a plummet.”

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The Birth of the Information Age: How Paul Otlet’s Vision for Cataloging and Connecting Humanity Shaped Our World
The Birth of the Information Age: How Paul Otlet’s Vision for Cataloging and Connecting Humanity Shaped Our World

“Everyone from his armchair will be able to contemplate creation, in whole or in certain parts.”

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Cicero’s Web: How Social Media Was Born in Ancient Rome
Cicero’s Web: How Social Media Was Born in Ancient Rome

How the dynamics of papyrus scrolls explain Facebook.

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Amanda Palmer on Creativity as Connecting Dots and the Terrifying Joy of Sharing Your Art Online
Amanda Palmer on Creativity as Connecting Dots and the Terrifying Joy of Sharing Your Art Online

“We can only connect the dots that we collect.”

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Anaïs Nin on the Meaning of Life and the Dangers of the Internet, Before the Internet
Anaïs Nin on the Meaning of Life and the Dangers of the Internet, Before the Internet

“We believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people… This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us.”

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100 Ideas That Changed the Web
100 Ideas That Changed the Web

From the mouse to the GIF, by way of the long tail and technology’s forgotten female pioneers.

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How to Master on the Art of Getting Noticed: Austin Kleon’s Advice to Aspiring Artists
How to Master on the Art of Getting Noticed: Austin Kleon’s Advice to Aspiring Artists

How to balance the contagiousness of raw enthusiasm with the humility of knowing we’re all in this together.

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Aesthetic Consumerism and the Violence of Photography: What Susan Sontag Teaches Us about Visual Culture and the Social Web
Aesthetic Consumerism and the Violence of Photography: What Susan Sontag Teaches Us about Visual Culture and the Social Web

“Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted.”

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Happy Birthday, United Amateur Press Association: H. P. Lovecraft on the Early Spirit of “Blogging”
Happy Birthday, United Amateur Press Association: H. P. Lovecraft on the Early Spirit of “Blogging”

“Our amateurs write purely for love of their art, without the stultifying influence of commercialism.”

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Steven Johnson on the “Peer Progressive” Movement and What the Internet Wants
Steven Johnson on the “Peer Progressive” Movement and What the Internet Wants

“When you give people more control over the flow of information and decision making in their communities, their social health improves — incrementally, in fits and starts, but also inexorably.”

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