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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

And that Yopp . . .

And he climbed with the lad up the Eiffelberg Tower. “This,” cried the Mayor, “is your town’s darkest hour! The time for all Whos who have blood that is red to come to the aid of their country!” he said. “We’ve GOT

Posted in activism, agitprop, freedom, literature, poetry, politics

2013: The Year of Snowden

Agitprop based on the newly-published Snowden interview here. Click to enlarge. Please steal. RIP Aaron Swartz.

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Thank You Douglas Rushkoff

Having learned the hard way that hater-baiting is a loser’s game I’m not going to critique or even name the author who recently made the absurd claim, in a Prominent and Respectable Middlebrow Magazine, that Douglas Rushkoff’s Present Shock (whose title said hater

Posted in activism, ecology, environment, media, sustainability

Meta Post: Slow Ottawa

Did you miss me? I’ve been busy trying to scrounge a living over here with my most ambitious and elegant web project to date, a guide to sustainable living in Canada’s capital. I’m five days in, and already I’ve made

Posted in activism, design, ecology, environment, politics, sustainability, urbanism
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Art historian (PhD Harvard '03)

Founder, Principal >> smallmuseums.ca

Principal Researcher, Knowledge Design >> hpg.io

Executive Director >> VisionZero.ca / Love30.ca

McLuhan Scholar >> http://mcluhan.consortium.io/

DataViz Instructor >> designincubator.info

Sustainable Living >> slowottawa.ca | @slowottawa

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