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A year ago, I was on sabbatical writing a couple of articles on technology ethics. One of the great things about academia is the fact that people engage in serious conversation and are willing to put work into understanding one another’s perspectives. We write books and journal articles so that we can figure out how the heck the world works and—in my field—how to create a more human and just society.
The down side is that this conversation takes ages. One of those articles still hasn’t been published yet. The other only took 16 months to publish—and that was positively speedy. The glacial pace drives me crazy. So, I wanted to see if I could move the ideas and the conversation along a bit faster. That’s why I started Rewiring Virtue. One year and 112 posts later, I think things have worked out pretty well. I certainly have been able to do a lot of thinking and learning about the mediated life. And I’ve been fortunate that folks have found it interesting.
Thank you for being my conversation partners.
Posted by Jim Caccamo on April 5, 2013
Just a quick interlude on this Christmas night. I hope that all of you have had a couple of nice days with your families (whether or not you celebrate the religious aspects of the day). We had a touch of snow last night on our way into Mass that made the evening as picturesque as could be. Today was quiet, spent with family and friends.
Apparently, Netflix was down last night and this morning. As they put it at PhysOrg,
Families across the United States will have to rely on other sources of entertainment after Netflix’s video streaming service was hit by a Christmas Eve outage.
Rebecca Greenfield at The Atlantic likely echoed the sentiment of many people when she wrote:
The service went down…during arguably one of the worst possible times ever, when many people stuck at home with their families would hope to seek a little refuge in some streaming movies.
So, wait, families don’t want to talk to one another?
Posted by Jim Caccamo on December 25, 2012
Many things to give thanks for this year. Among them, the fact that no one at dinner even came close to answering the phone or checking messages. That alone made it feel like a sacred time.
Favorite piece of technology today? Instant read thermometer. I should probably know what temperatures feel like on a pork shoulder or turkey, but I’ve never been good at that.
Favorite technology of the season? Pretty much anything having to do with travel. Phones and videoconferencing are great. But nothing like being there face to face.
There is probably something to be said for the fact that cars have played a major factor in the atomization of American society, enabling us to leave birthplaces and families behind to strike out into the world alone. (Actually, Putnam has said some insightful stuff there.) Same for cell phones. But given where we are–both figuratively and literally–it is great to be able to maintain the ties, some sense of community, over the distances.
I’m not a big fan of romantic comedies, but the opening and closing scenes of Love Actually gets me every time. Joy and gratefulness among those greeting each other at the arrival terminal at Heathrow airport.
Blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving. Give them a squeeze to be sure the connection is solid.
Posted by Jim Caccamo on November 22, 2012
Omar Gallaga at CNN dreams the impossible dream for Apple vs. Samsung: A Peace Treaty.
WHEREAS, the respective Parties, the Apple Fanboys also known as “Apple Fanbois,” “Fanb0yz,” “iPhoners” or simply “The Mac Faithful,” among many other names and the Samsung Fanboys also known as “Apple H4terz,” “Galaxians” or “Androiders” seek a lasting peace, both online and off, and…
WHEREAS, online forums, queues for new products and technology blogs have become polluted with smack talk, useless feature comparisons and Photoshopped ads meant to deride and belittle each others device preference, and… Apple vs. Samsung: Tale of two countries The Number: Samsung the new Apple?
WHEREAS both sets of Parties recognize that a competitive market is both critical and necessary for continued technological innovation to benefit all, especially early adopters…NOW, THEREFORE, the Parties agree to abide by the agreements herein, enumerated in the terms of the articles set forth below:…
Pretty humorous—which is really the only way to react to the absurd behavior out there.
via Shawn King at The Loop.
Posted by Jim Caccamo on October 20, 2012