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It’s Complicated

These days when people people ask me what I’ve been up to, the answers can get quite convoluted. So in the absence of a FaceBook account here’s a sampling of some recent projects, and just enough back story to make

Posted in academia, activism, agitprop, archives, art, design, ecology, environment, history, Kanadische Kultur, McLuhan, media, teaching, technology, urbanism

The Internet’s Own Boy

Two stills from a superb documentary about my pal Aaron Swartz, whose death started me blogging in January 2013. The photo shows Aaron celebrating the victory over the passage of SOPA legislation. Scroll down to watch the entire movie.

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Posted in academia, activism, agitprop, archives, civil disobedience, freedom, libraries, politics

Blueprint for Counter Education Redivivus

I just received word that Paul Cronin, Rob Giampietro, Adam Michaels and Jeffrey T. Schnapp received a generous Graham Foundation grant for an exhibition analyzing and completing the inimitable Blueprint for Counter Education by Maurice R. Stein and Larry Miller, from which I quoted in this recent

Posted in academia, activism, agitprop, archives, art, books, consciousness, design, environment, experience, freedom, history, McLuhan, media, music, politics, teaching, technology

Seizing Canada’s Scientists: A Dissenter’s View

To the Honourable James Moore, Greg Rickford, Stephen Harper, and Industry Canada: I see that today is the last day to hand in a response to the Harper Government™‘s quietly-released “consultation paper” on Science, Technology and Innovation. Based on an eponymous Speech from

Posted in academia, environment, freedom, politics, science, sustainability, technology

remember your life up to this point, then forget it

In honour of main man Phil Ford‘s latest spate of alt-pedagogical ramblings over at Dial M, here are some excerpts from a Norman Birnbaum review in Change, vol. 2, no. 5 (Sep. – Oct., 1970), pp. 69-74. Thanks Jeffrey Schnapp for alerting

Posted in academia, agitprop, books, consciousness, design, experience, freedom, history, McLuhan, media, teaching

Beyond Nerf Education

In this evening’s blog post “Coverage and Exploration” my man Phil Ford laments: Our students, products of the no-child-left-behind era of “accountability” and quantifiable results, expect a full reckoning of everything they will ever be expected to do in a

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Welcome!

A few days since the soft launch of this site and Design Incubator they both seem to be functioning well enough. So feel free to explore, leave some comments, sign up for the blog via the sidebar button. And please spread the

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