Archive - March 2012

Two Interpretations of Timothy Leary

The following review first appeared in The Final Incident, the Deek Magazine anthology edited by Joseph L. Flatley, Matt Stroud, and Jesse Hicks.

The first exhaustive look at Leary, Timothy Leary: A Biography by Robert Greenfield, begins on a poignant note, where the young Leary hides on the roof to escape from his drunken father; and it ends on a note of righteous indignation. In between those two poles lay a phone book’s worth of vitriol. Greenfield obviously has some kind of searing hatred for Timothy Leary, which he may be too much of a gentleman to mention, but which nonetheless bleeds onto every page.

One could read the entire Greenfield book and think that Leary never had an original idea in his life, let alone author over thirty books. The Annotated Bibliography of Timothy Leary itself weighs in at over three hundred pages! True, some of Leary’s work can be difficult — and not in the good way; but even that stuff will often teach you something if you let it.

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5 Minutes on The Verge: Irin Carmon


Irin Carmon is a journalist and commentator whose work has appeared in publications including Jezebel and Salon, where she’s a staff writer. She was kind enough to take five minutes (give or take) to talk to me about the panel she moderated at SXSW, “Curing a Rage Headache: Internet Drama & Activism,” as well as the general theme of changing the world in the age of trolls. Her most recent article for Salon, “White Male Nerd Culture’s Last Stand,” addresses the ways that the conference has tried to encourage diversity “in a still-segregated world.”

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David Carr and the Curator’s Code

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The ease with which folks are able to blog, reblog, and otherwise reproduce (as well as remix) other people’s work is definitely among the revolutionary powers of the internet — at the heart of which is the reduction of everything to ones and zeros, which lends itself not only to obscuring the provenance of a particular work, but also to reducing the perceived value of content in general. This is a concern to anyone who values quality content, of course: if people and organizations aren’t getting paid to create, their ability to create is severely limited.

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