Articles

A selection of articles, essays, and reviews.

2014

The Patience Deficit, Mother Jones
The Limits of Social Engineering
(review of Alex Pentland’s Social Physics), MIT Technology Review
The Dreams of Readers
, Rough Type

2013

Attention Must Be Paid (review of Focus by Daniel Goleman), New York Times Book Review
The Great Forgetting, the Atlantic
Paper Versus Pixel, Nautilus
The New Digital Age (review of Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen’s book), San Francisco Chronicle
Techno-Fix Troubles (review of Evgeny Morozov’s To Solve Everything, Click Here and Jaron Lanier’s Who Owns the Future?), Nature
Don’t Burn Your Books – Print Is Here to Stay, Wall Street Journal

2012

The Crisis in Higher Education (article on MOOCs), MIT Technology Review
Why Our Innovators Traffic in Trifles, Wall Street Journal
The Library of Utopia, MIT Technology Review

 2011

Books That Are Never Done Being Written, Wall Street Journal
Growing Up Google (review of Douglas Edwards’s I’m Feeling Lucky), the National Interest
Past-Tense Pop (review of Simon Reynolds’s Retromania), the New Republic
The Medium Is McLuhan (review of Douglas Coupland’s Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!), the New Republic
Drowning in Beeps (review of James Gleick’s The Information), Daily Beast
Situational Overload and Ambient Overload, Rough Type

2010

The Dangers of Web Tracking, Wall Street Journal
Googlethink
, the Atlantic
Hooked (review of Tom Bissell’s Extra Lives) the New Republic
Deafened (review of George Prochnik’s In Pursuit of Silence), the New Republic
Does the Internet Make You Dumber?, Wall Street Journal
The Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains, Wired
The PC Officially Died Today, the New Republic
Are Google Maps and GPS Bad for Our Brains?, Washington Post

2009

The Price of Free, New York Times Magazine
Googled (review of Ken Auletta’s book), San Francisco Chronicle
Computing the Cost (interview), The Sun

2008

Is Google Making Us Stupid?, the Atlantic
The Internet Rewards the Lazy and Punishes the Intrepid, the Guardian
What Google Wants Is to Condemn Microsoft to the Electric Chair, the Guardian

2007

The Google Enigma, Strategy & Business
The Ignorance of Crowds, Strategy & Business

2006

The Weakest Link, Strategy & Business
Complementary Genius, Strategy & Business

2005

Flying Blind, Strategy & Business
The End of Corporate Computing, MIT Sloan Management Review
Top-Down Disruption, Strategy & Business
The Amorality of Web 2.0, Rough Type
Suits to the Rescue, Strategy & Business

2004

Bridging the Breakthrough GapStrategy & Business
The IT Advantage Thrown into Question, Financial Times
Mastering ImitationStrategy & Business

 2003

IT Doesn’t Matter, Harvard Business Review

2002

Unreal Options, Harvard Business Review

2001

Generation Blog, the Industry Standard

2000

Gated Communities, the Industry Standard
Hypermediation: Commerce as Clickstream, Harvard Business Review

1999

Being Virtual (review of Richard Sennett’s The Corrosion of Character), Harvard Business Review