Category Archives: Did you Know?

Internet is easy prey for governments – Doug Rushkoff

The internet is broken (or, more to the point, easily breakable…)

For all that the revolution in Egypt tells us about the power of networked media to promote bottom-up change, it even more starkly reveals the limits of our internet tools and the ease with which those holding power can take them away.

Thank you Doug Rushkoff for scaring me straight here…yikes.

Internet is easy prey for governments – CNN.com.

Google won’t autocomplete “bittorrent” but will autocomplete “how to kidnap a child” (via Boing Boing)

 

 

Does this matter to you?  Is Google your (only) search tool of choice?

Google won’t autocomplete searches for “bittorrent,” but if you are interesting in learning how to kidnap someone, make meth, build a bomb, cheat on your taxes, or shoplift, they will happily autocomplete your search for you.

Google won’t autocomplete “bittorrent” but will autocomplete “how to kidnap a child” – Boing Boing.

DSM wars: the battle to define mental illness

 

 

“Editors of previous volumes have joined with skeptics from within the profession to protest the very idea of the DSM, saying that its “diseases” bear no relation to any particular neuropathology, and instead represent (at best), handy categories to put on insurance forms, and (at worst), a bonanza for the pharma industry, who get to produce pills that “cure” any disease that’s defined in the DSM. Greenberg captures the mental health field at the cusp of an enormous transformation driven by better genomics, better imaging, and hence a better understanding of what connections various symptoms have to one another, to physical problems, to genetics, and to health. The DSM has always been controversial — it’s the document that turned homosexuality into a mental illness for years — but never moreso than now.”

 

DSM wars: the battle to define mental illness – Boing Boing.