Technology And The Ruling Party

“Power tends to corrupt,” said Lord Acton, “and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” The sexism needs updating but the sentiment remains true. That’s been all too obvious this week, during which the powers that be did their damnedest to protect their once-secret surveillance programs…while the NSA responded to Freedom … Continue reading

Why You Should Never Digital Detox Alone

For the first time in years, I spent 72 hours without Internet or cell phone reception. While I didn’t experience any life-altering epiphanies that some claim comes from a digital detox, I now enjoy a handful of very meaningful relationships that never would have existed, with the constant temptation for shallow interactions with dozens of … Continue reading

How Social And Primary Sources Affect Online Media Brands

Editor’s Note: Semil Shah is a contributor to TechCrunch. You can follow him on Twitter at @semil. Throughout high school and college, I took a heavy dose of political science and history classes. As a result, those teachers and professors stressed the importance of investigating primary source documents and analyzing them on their own merits … Continue reading

Get Ready To Lose Your Job

“Technological revolutions happen in two main phases: the installation phase and the deployment phase,” observes Angel of the Year and new Andreessen Horowitz GP Chris Dixon, who says that the turning point between those phases for the Age of Information is…now. Meanwhile, “profits have surged as a share of national income, while wages and other … Continue reading