December 21, 2012

Is The Web Getting Worse?

Navneet Alang, Hazlitt

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Five years ago, no one could've predicted the scale, shape and substance of today's Internet, from how social networks work to the invasion of surprisingly conventional forms of commercialization into the web's every corner. What of the web's once bold promise of social transformation? We hash out what's happened with Tim Carmody of The Verge.

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Turns Out the UK Is A-O.K. With Porn
BBC News
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