Author Archives: RobTow

Interregnum

A lengthy gap in my postings is over. Last year I was in a head-on car collision; this halted most everything in my life, excepting my life – subsequently I have been variously edited by surgeons, loved and cared for … Continue reading

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Little has changed in “The News” since 1624

Early newspapers don’t appear all that different from today’s tabloids. This is one of my favorite examples, from the very earliest period of newsprint – a front page that screams its sensation out with text and image that even the … Continue reading

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The worst example of history writing I have yet read

From Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by David Graeber (page 96): The greater the need to improvise the more democratic the cooperation [within companies] tends to become. Inventors have always understood this, start-up capitalists frequently figure it out, and computer … Continue reading

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Beginning a discourse on “Why “interactive tv” failed for decades… based on the invention of Newspapers

Starting in the 1960s there were a long series of utterly failed attempts to create “interactive television”. A structuralist analysis, based on history and McLuhanistic insight, tells us why they all failed – and why there is now an explosion … Continue reading

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Rapid change is hard to see when you are in the middle of living it

Even rapid change is hard to see when you are in the middle of living it. Book publishing and book stores are an example; most retailers are going the way of Tower Records – only the used market will be … Continue reading

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