Category Archives: debates

two themes for the ‘Chinese’ Web

There are two major themes that frame the discussion of the net in China.  One is the familiar set of censorship and control, the newer one is that of internal development (often discussed as dependent on the exclusion of external products for its success).  Do you anticipate these themes changing as the mobile market (w/ internet […]

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The Anthropology of Star Trek: The iPad and the Future of Human-Computer Interaction

Many people have noted the aesthetic and design parallels between the iPad and Star Trek the Next Generation’s (ST: TNG) Personal Access Data Displays (PADD).  In a recent interview Michael Okuda explained that the foremost inspiration for the design of the PADD was budgetary.  The result was the use of aesthetically pleasing and easy to […]

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Debating point

“The misery of being exploited by capitalists is nothing compared to the misery of not being exploited at all.” – Joan Robinson

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