Alan Jacobs

Posts in category “Technology”

The “Doomsday Clock”: An Idea Whose Time Has Gone

The metaphor of objectively judged imminent doom can’t be stretched to cover climate change.

Posted February 1st, 2016

Boomers and E-Reading

I bought my first e-reader some years ago in a curious but …

Posted August 2nd, 2013

How Dare You?

Sometimes people quit the internet — and quit other things because of …

Posted August 1st, 2013

God’s Hotel

Over at Books and Culture, a very thoughtful review is behind a …

Posted July 23rd, 2013

The Old Ones

In a lovely new essay on turning 80, Oliver Sacks writes, My …

Posted July 9th, 2013

Books and Booklessness

I have a good deal of sympathy for Gracy Howard’s critique of …

Posted July 1st, 2013

Enough Is Enough

Please, no more essays about how “technology” or “the internet” is “changing everything.”

Posted June 24th, 2013

What Our Ancestors Worried About

Those silly ancestors of ours worried about things — they worried and …

Posted June 19th, 2013

On Fixing Things

Has repair become un-American?

Posted June 19th, 2013

Education, Technology, Passivity

Consider this a placeholder post for some thoughts that need developing. The …

Posted June 6th, 2013

The LARs Are Coming

  First drones, now LARs — lethal autonomous robots. As Nick Carr …

Posted May 31st, 2013

A Juxtaposition Posted for Your Reflection

From Jessa Gamble’s essay “Life Without Sleep”: Around the turn of this …

Posted May 16th, 2013

Quotation and Commentary

Luke Wroblewski writes, Here’s some of the ways I found Glass to …

Posted May 5th, 2013

The Lure of the Newsletter

…or, wishing for a “Slurve” for everything.

Posted May 3rd, 2013

Festina Lente

Reddit users significantly compromise the ability of law enforcement officers to find …

Posted April 26th, 2013


John-Paul Flintoff on digital self-monitoring and the Quantified Self (QS): I take …

Posted April 25th, 2013

The Limits of Willpower

Tim Wu writes, Over the last century, mainly through the abundance project, …

Posted April 23rd, 2013