Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: philosophy

intimacy & the question concerning digital technology

Martin Heidegger’s 1954 piece, The Question Concerning Technology transformed the way I look at technology (it’s really dense, and the translation is heavy-handed). I read it in 1995, a decade before I got implicated in the web, and 40 years after it was published. When I first started writing on the web in 2004, I […]

One Nation Under Google

Well worth checking out. One Nation Under Google: Citizenship in the Technological Republic A public talk by Professor Darin Barney Canada Research Chair in Technology & Citizenship, McGill University. Friday, March 14, 2008 Arts W-215, 853 Sherbrooke Street West, McGill University 18h30, free Does more technology equal more freedom? While the nuts and bolts of […]

lego, power, open projects

Kids in a school start building Legotown. Eventually, powerful Legotown figures emerge, and inequalities surface. Some kids are excluded from Legotown, some control the enterprise, some struggle against each other; trading markets develop for various pieces. Teachers get nervous. Eventually, Legotown gets destroyed by external forces, and teachers ponder what they’ve wrought, and start a […]


I listen to lots of audio, my preference being radio documentaries while cooking. Yesterday I listened to the best thing I have heard in ages, a piece by WNYC’s RadioLab called Space: In the 60’s, space exploration was an American obsession. But the growing reality of space has turned the romance to cynicism. We chart […]

The internet is a copy machine

Kevin Kelly writes about what values start becoming more important when copies are free: The internet is a copy machine…. Yet the previous round of wealth in this economy was built on selling precious copies, so the free flow of free copies tends to undermine the established order…. When copies are free, you need to […]

are you a teacher?

if you are a teacher, you should watch this. if you are not a teacher, you should watch it too.

the most famous professor and his students

Michael Wesch of Kansas State University is probably the most famous university prof in the world, or at least he will be soon. Millions have read seen his articles videos in academic journals on Youtube, most famously, Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us, and more recently Information R/evolution. The latest looks at students […]

the only real divide

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been thinking lately about conservatives and progressives, and the problems of our current climate of political debate, heightened exponentially by cable news pundits in the USA. I have a trip to Saskatoon coming up, and I was thinking of contacting a few Sask bloggers, and Small Dead Animals comes […]

politics, morality and evolution

I started writing about this ages ago, but have not finished yet… but in a discussion with Michael, the idea came up again, and I wrote a long comment there, which I’ll reproduce here (slightly redacted): *** my theory of morality is this: moral ideas are cultural constructs that sink or swim based on their […]

times they are a-changin’

Interpretation of the data is to be discussed, but the data itself is … astounding: from Maurizio.