"The medium, or process, of our time - electric technology - is reshaping and restructuring patterns of social interdependence and every aspect of our personal life. It is forcing us to reconsider and re-evaluate practically every thought, every action, and ever institution formerly taken for granted. Everything is changing... you, your family, your education, your neighbourhood, your government, your job, your relation to "the others". And they're changing dramatically."
The Age of Paine
Paine in the '90sHis "Rights of Man" was a clarion call for universal democracy. His "Common Sense" inspired Americans to independence. He died 186 years ago. So why should Thomas Paine be the patron saint of the age of information? Jon Katz on an old hero for a new era
Agents of ChangePattie Maes believes software agents are ready for primetime. By Scott Berkun
Culture WarFrançois Mitterrand had declared war on Mickey, Madonna and American culture. Bad news François, Mickey's winning. John Andrews reports from the front
What's It Mean to be Human Anyway?Alan Turing reckoned that if a computer could talk like a human being it deserved to be called intelligent. Charles Platt reports on a competition to determine the most human computer, even as he worries that he may be the least human human.
Billion Year BrainJames Lovelock, the father of Gaia, has seen the planet's past - and its future. By Robert Leedham
Viacom Doesn't Suck!How Viacom is leveraging its brand strength to create the first 21st century (new) media company. John Battelle reports
Common SenseLiberation Technology and the future of democracy
Crash CourseBy Sadie Plant
Anime NationsBy Andrew Leonard
Digital CityBy Peter Hinssen
Reward SystemsBy Rogier van Bakel
Douglas AdamsWhat Have We Got to Lose?