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David Weinberger is the co-author of the international bestseller The Cluetrain Manifesto and the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined. A fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, Weinberger has written for such publications as Wired, The New York Times, Smithsonian, and the Harvard Business Review and has been a frequent commentator for NPR's All Things Considered. In 1994, he founded Evident Marketing, a strategic marketing firm on technology issues, and he served as senior Internet adviser to the Howard Dean campaign. He lives in Boston.

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13 ways the Internet is making us smarter

(10) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 6:03 PM

Now that knowledge is moving onto its roomy, new, hyperlinked medium, we're beginning to see how much of what we took for granted about knowledge was really due to the limitations of its old paper medium. Knowledge is going from limited to unlimited, from settled to unsettled, from content to...

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Bread, Freedom, Social Justice: A Report From Egypt

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 9:57 AM

Here is an email Nagla Rizk sent to a mailing list I'm, on. I'm posting it with her permission.

When we stormed the streets last January, we chanted "Aish, Horreya, Adala Egtema'eya" ("Bread, Freedom, Social Justice"). We knew exactly what we wanted: a better livelihood for all. At...
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Malcolm Gladwell Proves Too Much

(6) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 3:26 PM

Malcolm Gladwell is going further out on a creaky limb. His reading of the role of social media in Tunisia and Egypt actually seems to lead to conclusions that I think he would acknowledge are extremely unlikely.

Gladwell is in the unfortunate position of having published a New...

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Rating 1960s Bands' Names

(14) Comments | Posted January 16, 2011 | 9:31 PM

The names of the top bands of the 1960s are so much a part of them that it's almost impossible to think of the names simply as names. But let's make the effort in order to evaluate how good their names were.

Of course, names can be good in many...

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How Not to Write Yourself Out of a Hole

(34) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 12:45 PM


I recognize that because there was a five year gap between the last time I watched Lost and last night's finale, I am not be the best-grounded person to offer a critique. Nevertheless...

In 1931, fourteen members of the British Detection Club published The...

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If Mark Zuckerberg Invented the Web

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2010 | 12:17 PM

Imagine an alternative universe in which Mark Zuckerberg is born before Tim Berners-Lee, and invents the Web.

  • Mark Zuckerberg forms a company and develops the Web as a commercial enterprise.

  • MZ owns and controls the HTML standard. Nothing changes in it unless MZ thinks it's a good...

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Volcano 1, Internet 0.01

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2010 | 1:22 PM

In a time of international crisis, the Internet failed almost utterly. At least in my limited experience.

Here are the things that I could not do over the Internet when the Barcelona Airport closed, stranding us:

  • We could not find information about the closing posted on the Web when...

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My New Years Meta-Resolutions

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2010 | 12:08 PM

Is there any holiday less real than New Year's Eve? It celebrates what? The completion of an orbit around the Sun? But every day does that, so we're really just celebrating having picked an arbitrary day to celebrate. Yay for us. We made it around the Sun again. Good job,...

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What's Irreplaceable About Books?

(11) Comments | Posted November 22, 2009 | 9:27 AM

As Marshall McLuhan said, new media generally do not replace old media. For example, radio remained important even after television came to dominance. On the other hand, by the time Western Union ended its telegram service in 2006, the cultural role and importance of telegrams had changed ... and shrunk....

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No Cross for Me, Thanks Anyway

(33) Comments | Posted October 8, 2009 | 4:34 PM

In the early 1980s, I was teaching at Stockton State College. At one point, I said something like, "OK, guys, let's get started -- and I mean 'guys' in the generic sense." Afterwards, a couple of the young women in the class came up to me and said, "You can't...

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Why Uploading Is Slower Than Downloading

(14) Comments | Posted October 3, 2009 | 10:06 AM

If you're like most of the rest of us, the speed at which you upload is way slower than the speed at which you download. That makes sense if you think of the Internet as a publishing medium, with most of its participants as recipients. It makes much less sense...

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Senator, Would You Be Ok With an All White Court? Really?

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2009 | 11:25 AM

Here's what I'd ask the Republican senators who are questioning Sotomayor about that line in her speech:

Senator, would you be ok with an all white, all male Court?

That is, if all else were equal, Senator, would you prefer to have a Supreme Court made up of nine white...

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Top Ten Reasons Sarah Palin Resigned

(34) Comments | Posted July 4, 2009 | 10:04 AM

10. Put on red campaign suit, had an unstoppable urge to call a press conference, and, well, had to announce something.

9. Part of careful plan to capture the White House by convincing Americans she's the leading incoherent, out-of-control Republican.

8. She can see crazy from her backyard.

7. That'll...

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Ten Small Steps We Can Take To Save Our Planet

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2009 | 3:02 PM

I believe that to save our planet, there's no need to make big changes in our lifestyles. For example, I happen to be able to fall asleep only in the passenger seat of an idling Hummer. So shoot me. I like to think I more than make up for it...

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Time for New Chuck Norris Jokes

(21) Comments | Posted May 22, 2009 | 8:52 AM

After reading Chuck Norris' two columns against hate crimes legislation (1 2) -- the "Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act... could not only criminalize opinions (an unconstitutional act) but also provide elevated protection to pedophiles" -- and Media Matters' response, I think it's time for a...

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Michael Steele Comes Out Against Marriage

(7) Comments | Posted May 17, 2009 | 1:39 PM

From the AP:

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Republicans can reach a broader base by recasting gay marriage as an issue that could dent pocketbooks as small businesses spend more on health care and other benefits, GOP Chairman Michael Steele said Saturday.

Steele said that was just an example of...

Read Post Name Your Bloggers!

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2009 | 3:25 PM

The blog continues to improve, by which I mean it continues to move away from being a glass-topped version of White House press releases. But it's missing a big opportunity by keeping its blog posts anonymous.

The White House bloggers seem quite aware that a press release isn't...

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4.5 lessons from Twitter

(82) Comments | Posted March 24, 2009 | 1:34 PM

You can tell that Twitter has added something important to the ecosystem by the volume of the snickering. If you dismiss it by asking "Why do I care what you had for breakfast?", there are only two choices. First, you're saying everyone on Twitter is an idiot. Second, you...

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Pete Seeger: American Patriot

(9) Comments | Posted January 19, 2009 | 4:49 PM

Yesterday I had to explain to my startled children why their dad just about jumped out of his seat when Pete Seeger showed up on stage at the inaugural concert. To those not of a particular generation and of a particular swipe through that generation, it is indeed a...

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Leadership and The Interregnum

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2009 | 11:07 AM

I hope someday an historian writes a book called The Interregnum that looks at the period between the election and inauguration of Barack Obama. Not since the Cuban Missile Crisis had us huddled waiting for events to resolve have I had such a palpable sense of history. But now, instead...

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