BOOK REVIEW: Detroit City Is the Place to Be

Here is something very seldom said: Consider me spoiled by academic books. Whatever you or I think of their prose, the fact remains that academic books almost always declare two important things at the outset: their purpose, and their method. Mark Binelli's Detroit City Is the Place to Be lacks both. It makes for an … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Detroit City Is the Place to Be

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The Moral Principles of Tech Workers

To even engage with the Google Manifesto's arguments is to submit ourselves to a lobotomy, in which we must follow the threads of Mobius-strip logic and argue against competing moral principles. Oh, by far the most egregious offence in that manifesto was the incoherence and ugliness of its morals, disguised in a sort of rationalism that … Continue reading The Moral Principles of Tech Workers

Book proposal: Proposal for the last chapter of Innocent Experiments

This was an assignment to write a professional book proposal, adding a last chapter to Rebecca Onion's Innocent Experiments book, whose ending many felt was rushed.   I propose that Innocent Experiments ends with beautiful ideas. Much of the book, and much of what I love about it, centers around this unpleasant business of busting … Continue reading Book proposal: Proposal for the last chapter of Innocent Experiments

REVIEW: The Next Black

Movie: The Next Black Director: David Dworsky & Victor Kohler Running time: 47 min There is, apparently, a format for these things. Maker content--books, movies, even talks--unerringly profile a couple of eccentric makers in the service of a bigger argument about the movement itself: something something about innovation, something something about social good, something something about … Continue reading REVIEW: The Next Black