We take modern communications so much for granted that it is hard to remember how recently things were very different. In the early 1990s, I was absolutely thrilled to receive a comment from someone in Australia shortly after posting an idea on an internet forum. Surely, it seemed to me, this amazing new technology would bring the world together into a single communications network and help overcome the misunderstanding, alienation, and hatreds that drive international relations. The theologian and political analyst Reinhold Niebuhr argued that all power is morally ambiguous — usable for good purposes and also for bad purposes. It soon became apparent that Niebuhr's idea was true even for a hopeful technology like the internet. Terrorists opposed to modern ways were all too willing to use the internet, cell phones, jet airliners, and other products of the modern era to attack modern arrangements. The internet has also amplified internal animosities inside many countries, allowing … [Read more...] about Is the Internet’s Golden Age Already Behind Us?
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Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a fantasy of sleeping in a tiny space, a cozy chamber just big enough to curl up in. I never imagined that the fulfillment of that fantasy would take place not in a romantic boxcar or a cupboard under the stairs, but in a bustling Tokyo office. I used to live in Japan, so when a friend who makes an independent newspaper from a different city each month decided to do an issue on Tokyo, she hired me to contribute my childish Japanese and knowledge of where it’s okay to wear shoes. Our collaborators at Midori.so, a Tokyo network of coworking spaces, offered to put us up; the fact that we would be sleeping in the middle of its office got lost in translation. I arrived before everyone else, dazed from the 15-hour flight. With an app, I unlocked the door to an open-plan office that took up the entire floor: glass-walled meeting rooms, floor-to-exposed-ceiling windows, and mismatched (but color-storied) tables, chairs, and sofas. Someone had left … [Read more...] about I lived in a Tokyo coworking space
STURGEON BAY - Where most people see a challenge or problem, Jim Schuessler sees opportunity. Schuessler is the new director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation and is greeted every work day by a list of eight challenges written on a white board facing his desk. Each challenge, when solved, will open Door County to new opportunities, he said during an interview with USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin about his work at the DCEDC since he was hired in July. Foremost on Schuessler's list are: workforce development, expansion of internet capability and developing affordable housing. The three challenges form a triangle that, woven together, could catapult Door County's economy. RELATED: Door County Medical Center president retires, Brian Stephens hired to replace Jerry Worrick RELATED: Door County committee approves pay raises for county employees When the former director, Caleb Frostman, resigned from the position to pursue public office in May, … [Read more...] about Door County economy linked to internet access, affordable housing, sufficient workers
Are you sometimes stuck with a buffering video or a slow-loading Web page, and wonder why your high-speed internet has slowed to a crawl? Have you ever contacted your internet provider about the problem only to hear that it's you, not them? You're not alone. The Republic this summer surveyed hundreds of Arizonans about the performance of their internet service using a standard internet-speed test. Dozens reported their service was at least 25 percent slower than what they're paying for, even when their computers were plugged directly into a modem or router. Hundreds more reported slow speeds with their Wi-Fi connection. The test results, from internet users all over the state, highlight the wide variation in service, and that internet providers sometimes fail to match their advertised speeds. Internet service providers often point to factors beyond their control — the customers' equipment, their … [Read more...] about Think your internet service is slower than advertised? You’re not alone
For as long as I can remember, As a young boy growing up in Louisiana, I’d study art and history books or old photographs. The men, well dressed and regal, seemed to cross their legs, one limb leisurely draped over the knee and thigh of the other, foot hanging, the point of the shoe angled, slightly inward, just so, like the neck of a curious pet. I was a peculiar black kid trying to find a sense of stature in what was often a less than friendly environment, and those images provided me with a sense of satisfaction. I didn’t have to sit with my legs agape, verging on the vulgar, like most of the men I saw demanding space. Crossing one’s legs wasn’t just for women. I, too, could partake, with aplomb, and bask in that aura of two-fingered bourbon gentility. I’d like to think I was only replicating the men I’d seen in those images. But in the 1980s, as I made it to high school, I realized I wasn’t trying to be regal. I was crossing my legs … [Read more...] about I Cross My Legs. Does That Make Me Less of a Man?