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Alexandra Samuel



Technology writer, researcher and speaker



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How Email destroyed the world

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 03:48:04 +0000

I spent the last day of Western Civilization addressing the very phenomenon that caused our collective downfall: email. On November 8th—Election Day—I spent six hours in a rented studio in Manhattan, taping a new class for Skillshare. Email Productivity: Work Smarter with Your Inbox is a forty-minute video class made up of bite-sized lessons that […]



To Fix Fake News, Look to Yellow Journalism

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:25:40 +0000

Think "fake news" is a new phenomenon? This piece for JSTOR Daily looks at the long tradition of lousy journalism -- most notably, the "yellow journalism" phenomenon of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.



How to Use Online Games and Activities to Connect to Grandchildren

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:19:04 +0000

This feature for The Wall Street Journal spells out the way online activities like Minecraft, social media and geocaching can bridge the generational divide.



Worried about surveillance under Trump?

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 03:59:30 +0000

What do activists, journalists and plain old-fashioned citizens need to know about online privacy in the Trump era?



Resistance is futile: A success story

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:16:32 +0000

Sometimes success looks like a little boy sobbing his eyes out. This success story begins yesterday morning, when Peanut showed up at school in his Halloween costume: a Borg cube. For those of you who aren’t Star Trek fans, let me explain that the Borg are a race of terrifying cyborgs. They travel across the galaxy, […]



In The Orange Dot: Is my kid addicted to tech or am I just old?

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:49:13 +0000

Even adults can get obsessed with their social media analytics. So what do you do when your kids start measuring their every online move.



Rock Bottom

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:18:21 +0000

When we finally pulled Peanut out of public school at the end of Grade 2, I thought we’d reached rock bottom. We had a 7-year-old with a basket of diagnoses and labels: anxiety, ADHD, sensory processing issues, tic disorder, fine motor lags and a 99.99th percentile IQ. (It would be another two years before a […]



Telling tales about my autistic son

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:04:39 +0000

Introducing The Peanut Diaries: dedicated to sharing the experience of raising our gifted, autistic son.



An open letter to the police officer who helped my autistic son

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 06:20:39 +0000

I've lived in fear of the day when I'd need police assistance with my autistic son. But when that day came, it brought a beautiful surprise.



An Ode to the Underappreciated Spreadsheet

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:00:51 +0000

Learn how to use them, and you'll use them for everything.



So Much Great TV. How Do You Choose?

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:54:06 +0000

This feature for the Wall Street Journal landed on the cover of their Trends Report, with a teaser on the paper's front page. That visibility spoke to the broad appeal of this story mapping out the best way to organize TV viewing, along with an original infographic I created myself.



Now on JSTOR: A Novel Defense of the Internet

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:51:26 +0000

Like the Internet, the novel was once viewed as a colossal waste of time. My post for JSTOR Daily looks at how fiction became respectable -- and how the Internet can, too.



How people feel about sharing a name online

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:45:22 +0000

Thanks to the Internet, more and more of us have digital doubles: people who share our name, and may often be confused with us. I try to keep track of all the other people out there named “Alexandra Samuel”, and yet I also feel vaguely uncomfortable with the fact that they exist. What is it about […]



Personal technology and the autistic child

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:45:23 +0000

From behavior tracking to digital therapy, there is an ever-growing range of ways technology can help autistic kids. Writing as both a tech expert and the mom of an autistic child, I mapped out some of the most effective ways we can put technology to work for our kids. This story appeared in the Journal's Report on Health Care.