Quinn Norton discusses a future of education that addresses the as yet unknown needs of the future rather than one that continues to be built on twentieth century institutions. This in the context of current self-organized communities online and off, such as Anonymous and Burning Man. Well worth the time.
DJ and social commentator Jay Smooth lays out some history behind the early hip-hop movement that might provide insight for activists of the current generation. His thoughts are, as always, insightful and entertaining, and apply to any area where greater awareness of pushback due to generational differences might be of use.
William Gibson speaks to Tasneem Raja of Mother Jones magazine on the occasion of the pubication of his newest book, The Peripheral. The interview begins around 19m.
NPR talks to computing pioneers who are women about what changed in the technology industry through the years to cause a decline in the number of women in the industry. What happened in 1984?
Professor Geoff Ward discusses the work of David Foster Wallace and places it in context with other literary figures of his time. Includes a number of rare archival recordings of DFW and other authors discussing his work.
The full film about online activist and technologist Aaron Swartz, contributor to the Creative Commons project, RSS, and cofounder of Reddit.
Aaron’s life was lost after a prolonged campaign by the US government to make an example of him after he download a large volume of scientific journals from a closed system at MIT.
Stephen Colbert describes in great detail his process for building an episode of the The Colbert Report, from philosophy and approach to sources.
Glenn Greenwald puts the implications of government surveillance in context and explains why privacy matters even when a person is not doing anything wrong.