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Net Neutrality Is Not About Censorship

I opened my Firefox browser a few days ago and got a message warning me that, “Without Net Neutrality, big companies could censor people and perspectives online.” Does anyone have an idea why this might give us pause—why warnings about a corporation dictating what people can say might come off a bit wrong, especially when […]

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An Army of Mary Sues

Star Trek is the original home of fan fiction as we know it, and it is becoming the biggest battleground for the future of fan fiction. The basic question is the extent to which copyright holders of popular franchises want to allow new technology to disrupt and reshape their current way of doing business. Read […]

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The Zuckerberg News Bureau

A report on the inner workings of Facebook’s “Trending Topics” headlines exposes how Facebook contractors routinely manipulated the news feed to exclude topics and news sources of interest to people on the right. Here’s how a whistleblower put it: I’d come on shift and I’d discover that CPAC or Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck or […]

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The Old Regime and the Internet Revolution

On Friday, Twitter suspended the account of Robert Stacy McCain, a conservative blogger and dogged critic of feminism, apparently without warning or explanation. This has led, in true Twitter fashion, to protests under the hashtag #FreeStacy. Only a few weeks earlier, Twitter had announced the creation of a “Trust and Safety Council,” to which it […]

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The Sexual Revolution Turns Against Its Own

Hugh Hefner once declared that the audience for his magazine was men “between the ages of 18 to 80.” I think it’s fair to say that men from 18 to 80 were shocked and perhaps a little saddened at the report that Playboy will stop printing fully nude photos of women, opting instead for slightly […]

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How to Talk to a Non-Leftist the Other 364 Days of the Year

They’ve done it again. The same sort of people who thought it would be a great idea to ruin Thanksgiving by spouting political propaganda to their relatives have now offered helpful hints on how to be a jerk by boring your family about ObamaCare over the Fourth of July weekend. If this is something you […]

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Atlas Is Still Shrugging

A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 7 Spoiler Alert: You do not need a reader’s guide to Atlas Shrugged—at least not for your first reading. Ayn Rand’s novel is clear, compelling, eminently readable, and perfectly comprehensible on its own terms. Yet Atlas is also a rich and complex novel, with an intricate plot in […]

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Information-Age Philosopher-Kings

The award for Whiner of the Week goes to Salon’s Joan Walsh, who penned a water-carrying piece denying the disastrous launch of ObamaCare. She then hyperventilates about the response. I wrote a piece asking liberal critics of the ACA’s Web problems to take a larger perspective, and not rush to join the [semi-expurgated obscene word] […]

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Trustbusters

Remember back when Microsoft was the huge juggernaut that was going to totally dominate the technology industry and take over the world? I do, because I cut my teeth as a political writer and activist by defending Microsoft against the antitrust persecution whipped up against it by envious rivals. One of the arguments I made […]

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Planning for Our Own Obsolescence

We Are All Futurists Now, Part 4 This article is part four out of (probably) eight. In the previous installments of this series, I sketched out some of the big new technological innovations that are likely to reshape the economy and bring us all into a science-fiction future. I discussed the “Third Industrial Revolution” which […]

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