Jon Lebkowsky: Democracy in the Dark with Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert and “Democracy in the Dark” My first impression of Roger Ebert, many years ago when he was doing the Siskel/Ebert weekly dustup, was that he was a smart guy whose intelligence was undermined by platform – the half hour run-through of the week’s films was always rushed, his written work was better. Little …

Jon Lebkowsky: Bruce Sterling on Robots and Humanity

Robots and Humanity   My favorite-so-far Bruce Sterling post in the State of the World conversation: “Following on from John Payne’s comments in <76>, are the robots coming for our jobs? Is a certain amount of unemployment going to end up as part of the system and, if so, what happens next?” *It’s so interesting …

Jon Lebkowsky: Guns and Homicide in the USA

Guns in America, a Statistical Look Violent crime rates have been falling in recent years, but the number of people killed by firearms in the United States remains high.  According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, between 2006 and 2010 47,856 people were murdered in the U.S. by firearms, more than twice as many as …

Jon Lebkowsky: Bad Pharma – Lacking Intelligence AND Integrity

According to Cory Doctorow at bOING bOING, physicians often prescribe drugs that are ineffective or harmful because pharmaceutical companies provide misleading data, according to an article by Ben Goldacre in the Guardian, “The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal.” Goldacre is the author of the forthcoming book Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors …

Jon Lebkowsky: MONDO 2000 Bridge to the Future

Mondo 2000 in the Late 20th Century Cyberculture Former Mondo 2000 editor RU Sirius has been working many moons on a history of the magazine and its predecessors (High Frontiers, Reality Hackers). I was privileged to help a bit with infrastructure for gathering stories as well as contributions on the Texas and WELL perspectives on …

Jon Lebkowsky: Doc Searls Book & Discussion – The Intention Economy

I’m leading a discussion on the WELL with Doc Searls about his new book, The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge, which explores new thinking about the power relationship between customers/consumers and vendors. Doc has been rethinking those relationships through Project VRM (via his fellowship at the Berkman Center at Harvard), which has recently led …

Jon Lebkowsky: Higgs Boson Culture Hack….first steps

Higgs Culture Whether it was the Higgs Boson, or just a reference to the actual particle, the CERN discovery is already generating cultural waves and memes. How to explain Higgs boson discovery | Science | The Guardian 1 day ago … Everyone’s talking about the ‘God particle’ – but what if someone asks you to …

Jon Lebkowsky: Google News Boss on Trends in Online Access — Intelligence Producers Could Learn…

Richard Gingras at the International Symposium on Online Journalism The leader of Google News gave an insightful talk about the current state of online journalism. Here are my tweets during his keynote. Appreciated his visionary thinking about the state and future of news, especially the extent to which the concept of a “news story” is …

Jon Lebkowsky: 21st Century New Sources & Methods for Journalism

International Symposium on Online Journalism: New approaches in engaging with the news community ISOJ Program Angela Lee: Audience preference and editorial judgment: a study of time-lagged influence in online news To what extent are audiences influencing editors and journalists, and vice versa? Editorial judgement measured based on placement on paper; audience preference measured by clicks, …

Jon Lebkowsky: Infinite spectrum vs scarcity hype

Spectrum is infinite – do not trust anyone who hypes scarcity David Isenberg explains that spectrum for various forms of wireless transmission and communication is treated as scarce, similar to real estate, because a scarcity model works for “cellcos” (cellular communication companies, former telcos) In fact, spectrum is infinite. [Link] The core of the story …

Jon Lebkowsky: Bruce Sterling on the Internet

Bruce Sterling talk at ATX Hackerspace I shot this video of Bruce at an EFF-Austin-sponsored event February 25 at ATX Hackespace. We were rallying the troops. “You will not have the Internet that you had 20 years ago, that’s not possible. But you don’t have to roll over at the site of bluster from the …

Jon Lebkowsky: Hackathon America – Apps Seek Data

Code Across America ATX: A Civic Innovation Hackathon Google-funded Code for America was in Austin Saturday for a codeathon using data accessible via the city’s data portal. I dropped by the geek chic coworking facility Conjunctured, where the codeathon was happening, and hung out long enough to get a sense of the projects the ~40 …

Jon Lebkowsky: Six Big Science Stories Going Forward

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” (AC Clarke) My pal David Pescovitz at the Institute for the Future blogged recently about the IFTF “Multiverse of Exploration Map,” an overview of the six big stories of science that will play out over the next decade: Decrypting the Brain, Hacking Space, Massively Multiplayer Data, Sea …

Jon Lebkowsky: The Boss is Very – Very – Angry

Bruce Springsteen is angry Guardian UK has a review of Bruce Springsteen’s new album, “Wrecking Ball,” described as “as angry a cry from the belly of a wounded America as has been heard since the dustbowl and Woody Guthrie, a thundering blow of New Jersey pig iron down on the heads of Wall Street and …