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Wed, 21 Dec 2016 03:48:04 +0000I 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 […]
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:25:40 +0000Think "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.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:19:04 +0000This feature for The Wall Street Journal spells out the way online activities like Minecraft, social media and geocaching can bridge the generational divide.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 03:59:30 +0000What do activists, journalists and plain old-fashioned citizens need to know about online privacy in the Trump era?
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:16:32 +0000Sometimes 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, […]
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:49:13 +0000Even adults can get obsessed with their social media analytics. So what do you do when your kids start measuring their every online move.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:18:21 +0000When 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 […]
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:04:39 +0000Introducing The Peanut Diaries: dedicated to sharing the experience of raising our gifted, autistic son.
Sun, 16 Oct 2016 06:20:39 +0000I'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.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:00:51 +0000Learn how to use them, and you'll use them for everything.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:54:06 +0000This 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.
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:51:26 +0000Like 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.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:45:22 +0000Thanks 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 […]
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:45:23 +0000From 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.