W.W. Norton Books

  Can you even remember the last time you opened a physical dictionary or encyclopedia? 

You don't have to anymore, with the ability to type any term into Google and get results in less than a second--and no paper cuts. 

So the facts are there for us... now there's the issue of CONTEXT.  In The Internet of Us, author Michael Lynch points to evidence that shows we may know more, but we don't understand more. 

In fact, we seem to understand less. 

It's not just the Internet that encourages anonymous commenting... even The Exchange only requires first names from people who call and email. 

So this VENTSday, let's talk about the effects of anonymous venting. 

Our other topic: what circumstances (example: felony conviction) should cost a person her/his right to vote?  

Listeners take stage on our weekly VENTSday segment, a chance to vent on a couple of topics in the news--by phone, by email, or through our online survey. We provide the topics, you provide the opinions. 

No expertise necessary; just opinions and the ability to express them in a radio-friendly way. We post our weekly survey on one or both of the topics in advance.

It was bound to happen someday: an online news source now offers a crossword puzzle.

We're still trying to figure out how to fill it in without mucking up the screen. 

But Buzzfeed hired 22-year-old Caleb Madison to edit its puzzles, in a typically hip and snarky Buzzfeed style. 

Penguin Books

  Go ahead, click that link below.  It's got to be safe, right? 

Nobody would deliberately cause harm to you on the Internet, after all.  If only that were true. 

So much of what appears on the Internet is NOT true, or at least not currently. 

Mathematician/science journalist/watchdog Charles Seife looks at the situation in his book Virtual Unreality: The New Era of Digital Deception.


The top-selling music album in the year 2000 sold nearly ten million copies. 

The top album last year sold about a third of that number. 

Many fewer people pay for music these days, when they can get it for free on the Internet. 

Exactly the point of Stephen Witt's book "How Music Got Free." 

Bringing Broadband To The Rural Coast

Jul 17, 2014
Almonroth/Wikimedia Commons

Just because you live in a rural area doesn't mean you have to live with slow Internet service. 

Actually, in a lot of cases, it does. 

Not by design… it's just that providing broadband service in rural areas just doesn't add up financially for would-be providers. 

So it takes some goosing from public coffers to get broadband to remote areas. 

Perseus Books

There's such a mixture of triumph and tragedy in the story of Danny Lewin. 

The triumph came with computers: he figured out ways to make the Internet faster.  The tragedy came in his early death: Lewin was 31 when he boarded one of the planes that ended up crashing into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.