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Theme: Technology & Society

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  • The following readings are concerned with technology and its place in (and effect upon) society. For more such readings, browse the technology, science, and research tags.

    • “Whether the Digital Era Improves Society Is Up to Its Users – That’s Us” by danah boyd
    • “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr
    • “Being a Better Online Reader” by Maria Konnikova
    • “The Great Asymmetry” by Stephen Jay Gould
    • “Time and Distance Overcome” by Eula Biss
    • “What Defines a Meme?” by James Gleick
    • “How I Fell in Love with Wikipedia” by Nicholson Baker
    • “Watching TV Makes You Smarter” by Steven Johnson
    • “How 26 Tweets Broke My Filter Bubble” by B.J. May
    • “Stars in My Pocket Like Bits of Data” by Paul Stephens
    • “Googlepedia: Turning Information Behaviors into Research Skills” by Randall McClure
    • “The Web Means the End of Forgetting” by Jeffrey Rosen
    • “Addicted to Distraction” by Tony Schwartz
    • “Video Games: The Addiction” by Tom Bissell
    • “The Useless Agony of Going Offline” by Matthew J.X. Malady
    • “Brave New World of Digital Intimacy” by Clive Thompson
    • “The Tethered Self: Technology Reinvents Intimacy and Solitude” by Sherry Turkel
    • “Brain Gain” by Margaret Talbot
    • “The Brain on Trial” by David Eagleman
    • “Seeing Responsibility: Can Neuroimaging Teach Us Anything about Moral and Legal Responsibility?” by David Wasserman and Josephine Johnston
    • “The Food Babe: Enemy of Chemicals” by James Hamblin
    • “A Pharmacological Education” by Walter Kirn
    • “To Siri, with Love: How One Boy with Autism Became BFF with Apple’s Siri” by Judith Newman
    • “Losing the Language of Silence” by Lou Ann Walker
    • “Panopticism” by Michel Foucault
    • “How We Sold Our Souls—and More—to the Internet Giants” by Bruce Schneier
    • “The End-of-the-World’s Fair” by Rebecca Solnit
    • “The Law of Accelerating Returns” by Ray Kurzweil
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