Peer Reviewed Articles
Anti-Authoritarian Metrics: Recursivity as a strategy for post-capitalism- Here I argue that those seeking to build counter-power institutions and communities learn to think in terms of what I call “recursivity.” Recursivity is an anti-authoritarian metric that helps bring about a sensitivity to feedback loops at multiple levels of organization.
Lines of power: Availability to networks as a social phenomenon- I propose that rather than an individual binary status; online/offline distinctions are more accurately described as a communal social relationship.
I Have Seen the Future! Ethics, Progress, and the Grand Challenges of Engineering (with Joe Herkert)- A study in the cycle of constructed futures, perceived risks, and the funding of STEM.
Recursive Depth in Generative Spaces: Democratization in Three Dimensions of Technosocial Self-Organization (with Ron Eglash)- We expand on Chris Kelty's concept of the recursive public (PDF) by developing a three dimensional continuum of what we call recursive depth.
Urban form, authenticity, and design
True-ish Grit- Rust Belt cities are turning years of neglect and decay into a soundstage for social media.
The Edifice Complex- If a house is a machine to live in, then a machine to rule in is Empire State Plaza
The Parable of the Coffee Maker and the Design Sir- The mundane and pervasive ways structural oppression shows up in designed objects.
Democracy, Representation, and the Internet
Community Slander- How voting and ranking in apps allows groups to harass groups.
Very Serious Populists- Voting systems like Reddit enforce hegemony more than highlight good ideas.
You Won't Believe What This Site Does to the Liberal Left!- Upworthy organizes ignorance while it promotes feel-good stories.
The Power of a Decentralized Left- The role of technology in knitting together a coalition leftist movement.
Political Economy of Hacking
Full Communism is the Ultimate Ad Blocker- How ad blockers force technologists to consider the benefits of full communism.
The Conservative Hacker- Are hackers fundamentally conservative if not in intention, then in deed?
Naming Namelessness- Book review of Gabriella Coleman's Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy)
Towards a Politics of Delight and Desire- A call for technologies and services that are as fun as they are socially just.
Open (Source) For Business- Why open source technology helps capitalism more than it empowers individuals.
Technology & Culture
Vapor Eyes- Situating vaping in a history of tabacco consumption and class distinction.
Sherlock: A Perspective on Technology and Story Telling- The good and bad ways that mass media depict the use of mobile phones and computers.
Make Conversation Great Again- Sherry Turkle's selective deployment of her own theories reveals a dedication to traditional authority figures.