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All content by Sam Blake

YouTube and the ethics of copyright

Published April 28, 2010

Remember kindergarten? I sure donâÄôt. But I have a good grasp of what the stereotypical kindergarten experience is supposed to be. And IâÄôm pretty confident that in kindergarten, youâÄôre...

To have our net neutrality and eat it too

Published April 21, 2010

A recent court ruling and the resulting actions of the Federal Communications Commission have brought the sporadically-debated issue of net neutrality back into the limelight. First, some background: Comcast,...

Conscious consumption in the Internet age

Published April 11, 2010

There are two notions of what it means for something to be free. The first is the freedom to do or not do as you see fit. The second is free as in beer, the meaning of which should be obvious to college...

Do not vote in MSA elections

Published April 6, 2010

Today is the last day of elections for the Minnesota Student Association executive leadership. IâÄôm sure many of you, in a fervor of patriotic duty, are planning to vote sometime today if you...

Set the record gender-neutral

Published March 28, 2010

I once saw a discussion âÄî on the Internet, of all places âÄî on the potential value of misandry, i.e., man hating. However, since most of the people in the forum were men, the topic quickly...

Who are the ‘real’ people?

Published March 24, 2010

EditorâÄôs note: This is the second in a two-part look into how people interact in online communities. When last we left our intrepid heroes, the Mythica, we defined them to be the âÄúunreal...

Who are the ‘Mythica’?

Published March 10, 2010

EditorâÄôs note: This is the first in a two-part look into how people interact in online communities. By now, those of you who pay attention to these kinds of things (or, at the very least, read...

The unbearable lightness of Tweeting

Published February 24, 2010

To call Twitter a phenomenon on the Internet would certainly be an understatement. Twitter is a phenomenon on the Internet like the Internet is a phenomenon in modern life: extremely innovative and just...

Zen and the art of social media

Published February 17, 2010

Google has, in its time, exerted a massive amount of influence on the way that we use the Internet. This is inarguable except by that very particular brand of person capable of defending the position that...

The media of yesterday’s tomorrow

Published February 10, 2010

Futurology is a wonderful thing. It is nothing if not a lens into the hopes and angst of humanity as it gazes into the future, seeking for the merest glimpse of what wonders it holds. Also, when we actually...

Seven words you can’t say on the Internet

Published February 4, 2010

Two weeks ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech. This speech, to my knowledge, was not censored by the U.S. government in any way. The speech in question was on the topic of what Clinton...

On language and the Facebook friend

Published January 24, 2010

The English language once had a problem. Admittedly, the English language isnâÄôt perfect. No natural language is. However, itâÄôs simply ridiculous that spelling out the phrase âÄúpotato,...