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Five Minutes with Judith Donath

Five Minutes with Judith Donath

Our latest “Five Minutes with the Author” is with Judith Donath who is a Faculty Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and a Visiting Scholar at MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and author of  The Social Machine.

Kirtsaeng and International Exhaustion

Kirtsaeng and International Exhaustion

Today Jonathan Band, coauthor of Interfaces on Trial 2.0, guest blogs about the ongoing debate surrounding the 2013 Kirtsaeng decision and his testimony at two recent policy fora discussing the case. The following are his sentiments.

Five Minutes with Vinit Mukhija and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

Five Minutes with Vinit Mukhija and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

For our next “Five Minutes” post we have Vinit Mukhija and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris answer some questions about their book, The Informal American City. The Informal American City explores the various informalities, from illegal parking to unconventional housing, that exist in American cities. 

In memoriam: Peter Hoffmann

In memoriam: Peter Hoffmann

We sadly note the death, on April 18, of Peter Hoffmann. Since 1986 Peter had been the publisher of the Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Letter, as well as the author of Tomorrow’s Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet. In an email to recipients of the newsletter, his wife, Sarah Hoffmann, noted that “Peter was confident that hydrogen and fuel cells would be a critical part of a cleaner energy future and was working on the May issue of the newsletter until a half an hour of his death. While there have been lots of ups and downs over the years, Peter was very optimistic about the recent upswing in activity and interest.”

A Lunch BIT from The Parallax View by Slavoj Žižek

A Lunch BIT from The Parallax View by Slavoj Žižek

Yesterday we featured Slajov Žižek’s The Puppet Called Theology: A BIT of The Puppet and the Dwarf. Today, in our final BIT blog post, we turn once again to Žižek; this time highlighting a BIT of his magnum opus, The Parallax View. Here is an excerpt from The Subject, This “Inwardly Circumcised Jew”: A BIT of The Parallax View. In this BIT, Žižek draws on Lacan, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kant, Hegel, and Marx to explore the philosophical implications of parallax.

A Lunch BIT from The Puppet and the Dwarf by Slavoj Žižek

A Lunch BIT from The Puppet and the Dwarf by Slavoj Žižek

The philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek has written several books for the MIT Press including The Puppet and the Dwarf, an early title in the Short Circuits series. In this book, he offers a close reading of modern Christianity’s viewpoint of Lacanian psychoanalysis. But as Zizek explains to Barry Nolan in an interview with Boston’s CN8 NiteBeat, the book deals with much more—including an examination of the “culture of consumption” and the “era of big ideology.” The goal of the text, he explains, is to “make Lacan back into someone whom even your grandma could understand.”

A Lunch BIT from Structuring an Energy Technology Revolution by Charles Weiss and William B. Bonvillian

A Lunch BIT from Structuring an Energy Technology Revolution by Charles Weiss and William B. Bonvillian

Even among the many who agree that action to halt climate change is a necessity disagree on what strategies to pursue and, crucially, whether those efforts should be undertaken by private industry or the government. The task of Structuring an Energy Revolution, by Charles Weiss and William Bonvillian, is to convince a reader that a coordinated public-private program to stimulate innovation is necessary. Or, as one review put it: