Etiquette in the Computer Age

There’s a new etiquette sweeping the land that separates the classy from the crassy. Even if you always say “Bless you” when someone sneezes and hold the door for the person behind you, you could still end up seeming uncouth, or worse unhip, in the online world. Let’s start with email. Have you ever gotten an email from a friend or acquaintance and they include a gigantic business signature at the end of the (usually brief) email? Then you’ve been “Email Sigged.” This is when people Read more […]

Still can’t get no satisfaction

Twice as many Americans now take anti-depressants than 12 years ago, reported Reuters news agency. When we really grasp human life with its emotion, absurdity and adrenaline, it’s really not so shocking that amid our technological wonders, we remain unsatisfied. Just because we command robots, horseless carriages and satellites, doesn’t mean we left behind the reptilian brain buried deep within us. We are lizards stepping on escalators, elevating to the sky in steel boxes, and pretending Read more […]

The End of Postmodernism

(note this is a work in progress) Postmodernism relishes in the world’s confusion, the lack of any mainstream, just many streams depositing into the same ocean. Each stream represents an idea, a way to live, a philosophy. Each idea flows along its own course, seemingly independent and unique, all pouring into the same vast sea of world-thought. To understand the streams, we must grasp the zeitgeist — the spirit of each age — that shapes world-thought. Like storm clouds pregnant with Read more […]

When I left Journalism for the Digital Revolution

Two months shy of its 150th birthday, the Rocky Mountain News breathes its last. Soon after, Seattle’s oldest newspaper stops the presses to be reborn digitally. The state of Minnesota uses precious tax money to retrain newspaper staff for an online audience. Before the World Wide Web, I was one of those journalists in training. As fate would have it, the year I graduated in 1993, an invention called the web browser would soon change everything. While starting my career as a journalist, Read more […]

Gen X remembers “Back in My Day…”

Remember Grandpa telling his “Back in my day,” stories. Like “… I walked a mile for a block of ice…” Well Generation X is already compiling their own unique list. Here’s a few that come to mind: Back in my day, music came in cassette tapes — now it flows through the air via wifi. Back in my day, one of the best video games was a ping-pong ball eating up small balls while being chased by ghosts — and we loved it, damnit. Back in my day, we had only a handful of TV channels — and Read more […]