Legends of the Ancient Web


111 bookmarks. First posted by maciej january 2018.


Possibly my favorite technical work is a book that predates information technology by 2300 years, the Book of Ecclesiastes.
history  politics  technology  webdesign 
june 2018 by jayfree
Idle Words > Talks > Legends of the Ancient Web This is the text version of a talk I gave on May 24, 2017, at the Front Trends conference in Warsaw. Possibly my…
from instapaper
may 2018 by nertzy
"In less than four decades, radio had completed the journey from fledgeling technology, to nerdy hobby, to big business, to potent political weapon. This trajectory must have come as a shock to its pioneers.... It is hard to accept that good people, working on technology that benefits so many, with nothing but good intentions, could end up building a powerful tool for the wicked. But we can't afford to re-learn this lesson every time."
history  technology  politics 
april 2018 by syskill
Argues that the history of radio parallels the internet.
techculture  history  politics 
january 2018 by seanstern
Idle Words > Talks > Legends of the Ancient Web This is the text version of a talk I gave on May 24, 2017, at the Front Trends conference in Warsaw. Possibly my…
Talks  Longform  Web 
january 2018 by jayhoffmann
Today I want to talk about one of those forgotten generations, secure in the knowledge that no matter how bad my talk, it won't be remembered.

I want to talk about the political history of radio.
history  internet  radio  ideas 
january 2018 by cogdog
http://idlewords.com/talks/ancient_web.htm
Ecclesiastes again: "As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them."

I'd like to leave you with a final quote from Ecclesiastes. This one would be perfect for a graduation speech:
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."
speech  technology  internet  history  book 
january 2018 by ingenu
If you didn't know radio existed, the whole thing would sound like a bunch of pseudoscientific hokum.

So-called "radio waves" are invisible, transmit energy, easily penetrate matter, including stone walls and human bodies, and can be heard hundreds or even thousands of kilometers away if you prepare the right occult configuration of metal wires.

Right.
january 2018 by everbigger
Maciej Ceglowski
Google had a conference last week called Google I/O, where they showed off some truly amazing technology. The theme of it was AI in everything, both directly in their products, and by improving the tools they make available for everyone else. The subtext was that nothing but good could come out of moving these techniques into the real world as fast as possible.

Left unsaid was the fact that to train the AI, and to fund the whole enterprise, you need a program of mass surveillance. It's significant to me that none of the companies that make their money from such surveillance are comfortable talking about their business model.

But it's that business model that's enabling authoritarians.
technology  radio  platforms  privacy  PrivacyKit 
january 2018 by loughlin
“It is hard to accept that good people, working on technology that benefits so many, with nothing but good intentions, could end up building a powerful tool for the wicked.

But we can't afford to re-learn this lesson every time.”
history  internet  politics  technology  radio 
january 2018 by leereamsnyder
Legends of the Ancient Web http://ift.tt/2mdgCpb
IFTTT  Instapaper 
january 2018 by ldodds
Possibly my favorite technical work is a book that predates information technology by 2300 years, the Book of Ecclesiastes. If you're not familiar with it, Ecclesiastes is a rant by an angry, elderly atheist that through some editorial oversight found its way into the Bible.
radio  internet 
january 2018 by neilscott
Analoge Entwicklung des Webs zur Entwicklung des Radios

In less than four decades, radio had completed the journey from fledgeling technology, to nerdy hobby, to big business, to potent political weapon.

It is hard to accept that good people, working on technology that benefits so many, with nothing but good intentions, could end up building a powerful tool for the wicked.

But we can't afford to re-learn this lesson every time.
history  technology  radio  internet  politics  via:popular 
january 2018 by rauschen
Text of a talk I gave in Warsaw last May, called “Legends of the Ancient Web”, about the political history of radio:
january 2018 by pcook
“In less than four decades, radio had completed the journey from fledgling technology, to nerdy hobby, to big business, to potent political weapon.This trajectory must have come as a shock to its pioneers." https://t.co/wgAiILQd6s Interesting history. http://pic.twitter.com/FORwyeGlPt

— Will Richardson (@willrich45) January 12, 2018
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january 2018 by willrichardson
Recent talk by [Maciej Cegłowski](http://idlewords.com/about.htm) talking about the history of radio and how that was used as a tool of mass influence. Adds some perspective to todays debates about the web and social media.
january 2018 by thingles
Radio considered as the internet is now.
history  internet  politics  technology  radio 
january 2018 by traggett
This is the text version of a talk given by Maciej Cegłowski at the Front Trends conference in Warsaw.
january 2018 by shiflett
Maciej Ceglowski, app developer of Pinboard. Talk in Warsaw about the evolution of electronic communication, abuse, EFF electronic frontier.
Philosophy 
january 2018 by prbannes
Text of a talk I gave in Warsaw last May, called “Legends of the Ancient Web”, about the political history of radio:
january 2018 by probablytom
Maciej of course.
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january 2018 by jgordon
Legend of the ancient web (without colophon):
from twitter
january 2018 by topgold
This is the power that radio has to persuade through emotion, repetition, familiarity, and tone, rather than facts or argument.
Hitler's dictatorship differed in one fundamental point from all its predecessors in history.

His was the first dictatorship that made the complete use of all technical means for domination of its own country. Through technical devices like the radio and loudspeaker, 80 million people were deprived of independent thought.

In less than four decades, radio had completed the journey from fledgeling technology, to nerdy hobby, to big business, to potent political weapon.

This trajectory must have come as a shock to its pioneers.

At its birth, it seemed like radio would only be a force for good. How could something that connects people together be anything but beneficial?

Radio brought music into hospitals and nursing homes, it eased the profound isolation of rural life, it let people hear directly from their elected representatives. It brought laugher and entertainment into every parlor, saved lives at sea, gave people weather forecasts for the first time.

But radio waves are just oscillating electromagnetic fields. They really don't care how we use them. All they want is to go places at the speed of light.

It is hard to accept that good people, working on technology that benefits so many, with nothing but good intentions, could end up building a powerful tool for the wicked.

But we can't afford to re-learn this lesson every time.
internet  web  radio  history  media  journalism  reference  mustread  1914  1919  psychology  hitler  1940 
january 2018 by WimLeers
Legends of the Ancient Web via
from twitter
january 2018 by rukku
I want to talk about the political history of radio.
politics  history  technology  radio 
january 2018 by yevgenyd
"The author of Ecclesiastes had this to say about technological progress:

"There is no remembrance of the former generations; neither shall there be any remembrance of the latter generations that are to come, among those that shall come after."

Today I want to talk about one of those forgotten generations, secure in the knowledge that no matter how bad my talk, it won't be remembered.

I want to talk about the political history of radio. "
radio  history  technology  internet  future  politics  control  people 
january 2018 by ssam
Read this if you work in making internet stuff:
from twitter
january 2018 by matthewbeta
Legends of the Ancient Web
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january 2018 by trieloff
Legends of the Ancient Web
from twitter
january 2018 by jackysee
The important thing is to recognize that there is a fight, and a need for individual acts of creative resilience.
taglater 
january 2018 by poppisima
一个关于无线电的考古,十分有趣
january 2018 by scateu
Idle Words > Talks > Legends of the Ancient Web This is the text version of a talk I gave on May 24, 2017, at the Front Trends conference in Warsaw. Possibly my…
from instapaper
january 2018 by flobosg
Today I want to talk about one of those forgotten generations, secure in the knowledge that no matter how bad my talk, it won't be remembered.
I want to talk about the political history of radio.
maciej-ceglowski  history-technology  radio  web  talks  freedom  inspiration 
january 2018 by lorenzck