Experience: I escaped from a death camp

Stark, unadorned writing. No melodramatic flourishes or sentiment. Just the truth. Powerful. Fewer than 100 survived Treblinka. I am the last one. The will to live is stronger than anything else; I never gave up. Maybe I’m meant to be alive to tell the story. This is the last generation to hear first-hand from survivors. In 10 years, there won’t be any of us left. People should know what happened…

Campaigns in a Web 2.0 World

The web today is not the same as it was during the last presidential election. Old media, apparently, can learn new media tricks. Not since 1960, when John F. Kennedy won in part because of the increasingly popular medium of television, has changing technology had such an impact on the political campaigns and the organizations covering them. For many viewers, the 2008 election has become a kind of hybrid in…

The Incredible Vanishing Book

Many professors will spend countless hours putting together elaborate and voluminous course packets of photocopies for classroom use (I used to be one of them). And now, it is more frequent for technologically minded teachers to file-share large numbers of PDFs through password protected sites on campus. This is so wrong it hurts. We are killing our own chances to have readers in the future or be remunerated for the…

Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004

When blogging was young, enthusiasts rode high, with posts quickly skyrocketing to the top of Google’s search results for any given topic, fueled by generous links from fellow bloggers. In 2002, a search for “Mark” ranked Web developer Mark Pilgrim above author Mark Twain. That phenomenon was part of what made blogging so exciting. No more. (Wired) Just a few days ago, I submitted a conference proposal that asked whether…