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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 […]
Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:27:48 +0000Gaming juggernaut Mojang, best known for its Minecraft platform, will acquire social network LinkedIn, technology outlets reported today. The acquisition was undertaken by Microsoft, an umbrella holding company that is largely unknown to most Minecraft users. The acquisition heralds a new era of intergenerational online conversation, which in recent years has been stymied by the […]
Tue, 03 May 2016 20:30:03 +0000The cultural panic over kids and screen time has never made sense to me. In my latest JSTOR post, I dig into feminist history for analogies to the current anxiety about kids and technology, and discover there's plenty of precedent.
Mon, 02 May 2016 17:04:27 +0000Investors and tech geeks love to talk about “unicorns”: tech startups that are worth $1 billion or more. Incredibly, many of these dazzling success stories, like Facebook and Snapchat, have been launched by people in their early twenties. Other multi-million-dollar startups are regularly created by high school and college students. So why not help your […]
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:31:52 +0000The problem with the golden age of TV is that with so many choices, it’s hard to know what to watch. This guide and cheat sheet helps you choose the right shows for four different occasions: dedicated viewing, multitasking, working out and family viewing.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:24:19 +0000Where to find my favorite shows via streaming or download.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:18:07 +0000If you're looking for a little online sanity, there are better options than a digital fast. My first post for the Headspace blog shares five great alternatives.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:18:31 +0000Ever since Facebook changed its algorithm, it seems a lot harder to get likes, shares and comments on links to my own original publications. I analyzed 9 years' worth of my Facebook data to figure out what changed, and what it means for content creators.
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:39:25 +0000Today in the Christian Science Monitor's Passcode, I look at what it takes to turn a curious, tech-minded kid into an ethical hacker.
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 02:26:29 +0000How online marketing is breaking the Internet -- and how we can do better.
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 02:19:59 +0000What the research on artificial intelligence tells us about why and how we humanize the devices in our lives.
Tue, 05 Apr 2016 23:36:44 +0000Do boys have more trouble separating from video games than girls? It turns out that there's now a solid body of research to draw on in answering that question.
Mon, 04 Apr 2016 22:16:55 +0000Today I went through my monthly ritual of looking for even more Facebook parent groups to join, in the hope that somewhere is the group of people who will understand our exact set of challenges — or better yet, have the right set of solutions. It suddenly struck me: this is just the latest stage in the […]
Sun, 03 Apr 2016 02:02:01 +0000The NCAA’s Final Four may determine who rules the court, but the Final Four-Year-Old determines who rules the playground. Here’s my bracket for the 2016 Sparkle Tots championship.