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Aaron Swartz is a writer, programmer, and activist. He co-authored the RSS 1.0 specification and co-founded Reddit.com. He’s a contributing editor to _The Baffler_ and founder of Demand Progress, an activism group with over a million members.

Here are Aaron’s first five…



"Every word on this website is there for a reason."



"Nobody is more thoughtful, erudite, and funny at the same time."



"Political news, but with such a unique perspective and intelligence."



"Felix makes wonky economic news entertaining."


[My Twitter app.]

"It’s like a nonstop cocktail party with my favorite people."

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Sarah Kember is Professor of New Technologies of Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her most recent book is Life After New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process (MIT Press, co-authored with Joanna Zylinska). She co-edits the journals of photographies and Feminist Theory and has written a novel (The Optical Effects of Lightning, Wild Wolf Publishing), a short story (‘The Mysterious Case of Mr Charles D. Levy’, Ether Books) and experimental pieces (including ‘Media, Mars and Metamorphosis’, Culture Machine). See her website, sarahkember.com for more!

Here are Sarah’s first five…

"Multimedia scholarly publishing with no false preoccupations about divisions between analogue and digital and a real recognition of the relation between form and content? Yes please!"

"Melville House is a particularly exciting independent bookseller. Again, no hangups about the end of books etc. These guys produce hybrid books with QR codes and are at the forefront of publishing the never fashionable but always fascinating novella. They’ve produced beautiful series of both classics and new writing. Like the short story publisher Ether Books, they deserve more attention."

"Nevermind NASA and its latest biggest rover. Curiosity isn’t designed to look for life on Mars but ESA’s ExoMars will be. Watch this space alien lovers!"

"Mostly I love the pictures, not just of the industrial scale (plus plus) detectors but of those events of particle collisions. What do those pictures actually show?  I’m also preoccupied with CERN’s ‘discovery’. If the ESA life on Mars question is ‘will they or won’t they’, this is a question of ‘did they or didn’t they’?"

"This is a great site as well as a great initiative to support feminist work in media, science and technology. Check out the new open access online journal Ada."

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Geoff Cox is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Aesthetics and Communication, and Participatory IT Research Centre, Aarhus University (DK). He is also an occasional artist, Adjunct faculty Transart Institute (DE/US), Associate Curator of Online Projects, Arnolfini, Bristol (UK), and part of the self-institution Museum of Ordure. His research interests lie in the areas of contemporary art and performance, software studies, network culture and a reappraisal of the concept of publicness. His latest book is “Speaking Code: coding as aesthetic and political expression” (MIT Press 2012).

Here are Geoff’s first five…

"I check the guardian newspaper online when I wake up, just to keep up to date with news from a UK perspective and check the weather etc (btw I live in Denmark but am from the UK)."

"I also look at Politiken, a Danish equivalent, to keep up with the Danish perspective. There’s even an English summary."

"Then Al Jazeera provides a more measured approach on foreign affairs."

"Not that I want to rely on Google services, but I use Google translate for a lot of work emails. It works well enough for general use and to get a quick overview of boring emails."

"As for content, I go to AAAARG, an academic file sharing site and full of useful stuff."

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Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College. He is currently finishing his first book, A Floating Chinaman, about a circle of China-watching writers and artists during the 1930s and 40s whose works were animated by both a shared interest in transpacific politics as well as strange, often petty interpersonal rivalries. He was on the editorial board of A New Literary History of America (http://www.newliteraryhistory.com/) and currently serves on the board of the Asian American Writers Workshop (www.aaww.org). His work has appeared in the Atlantic (for whom he formerly blogged), Artforum, Daedalus, Grantland (for whom he is a staff writer), New York, Slate and The Wire. You can follow him on Twitter @huahsu.

Here are Hua’s first five…

"My web-browsing usually begins the moment I awake. The alarm rings on my iPhone and I check my email, Twitter and Facebook on my iPhone, usually before putting on my glasses. Between the three, I assume I will be alerted to anything especially awry in the world. About forty-five weeks out of the year, I also scan the Guardian’s Football page from bed. I watch a lot of soccer and I consult the site for news, but I also love the breathy, sardonic style of the “Rumour Mill”. It’s a daily-ish masterpiece of clever, bored writers spinning baseless whispers and sub-sub-subplots into these meticulous, allusion-filled, art-for-art’s-sake little narratives. I grew up reading imported British music weeklies like NME and Melody Maker, so maybe I just like a kind of unembarrassed, hyperbolic style that you rarely get in the states. I like the Guardian’s political coverage for a similar reason; it doesn’t really sound like the New York Times or whatever its American equivalent would be. As a writer, I’m fascinated by how others can revisit cliché ideas and overfamiliar tropes in new, challenging ways—in this case, it’s like Guardian’s football writers are merely challenging themselves to make hack work interesting.”

"Full disclosure: I’m on the board of the Asian American Writers Workshop in New York and I helped map out our new website, which consists of three different publications: Open City (which features a team of writing fellows producing stories about various overlooked New York neighborhoods), The Margins (a general politics and culture magazine) and Culturestrike (a magazine for artists and activists concerned with immigration). I don’t contribute much to the day-to-day operation of any of the sites; these days, I’m just a fan. We set out to create a suite of publications that were a bit sly about the notion of “Asian Americanness” and I think our editorial teams and writers have done an amazing job of taking that vague mandate and running with it. The Margins showcases an intriguing mix of political/city reportage and cultural criticism, and they did some fantastic coverage of Hurricane Sandy’s effect on Chinatown. The writing fellows who make up Open City have done some astonishing work. They’ve written about the “undistinguished Americans” who keep the city running, from Chinatown bus drivers to local fabulists to the struggling restauranteur whose cheap dumplings insure him a healthy following on Yelp (only he has no idea what “Yelp” is).”

"When I was blogging for the Atlantic, I would check my RSS reader a few times a day. I subscribed to about 300 feeds—mostly music and sports sites, advertising/branding blogs, a few political bloggers I liked. I haven’t opened my reader in months and I’m terrified of the thousands of items waiting for me. Being on the Internet can be very stressful in this way, this sense that there is knowledge (or just pure data) you’ve intentionally sought out and marked as useful and then never returned to. But I spend a lot of time on YouTube because it provides the opposite sensation. Rather than the anxiety of marking things as “read” there’s just this endless drift of allusions and associations. It’s a k-hole of one’s own making, as some random curiosity about some rapper’s cameo in another’s video might land you, hours later, to an amateur documentary about the Illuminati or some full episode of Firing Line from the sixties.”

"I don’t check in as often as I used to, but I’ve spent whole chapters of my adult life on Soulstrut, an online forum devoted to record collecting (hip-hop and its soul, funk, disco prehistories, mostly). It’s a great place to learn and debate about records. And anything else, really—politics, films, what it’s like to work in an adult bookstore, etc. I’ve always been skeptical of the notion of online “communities” but during moments of crisis like Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti, Soulstrut came together in a pretty honorable way. Hoarders and lovers of surplus stock sacrificed some amazingly expensive records for a site-wide auction in order to raise money for relief work. It was a minor gesture but one that tried to enact the kind of utopian values at the heart of so much great, transcendent music.”

"Depending on the day and my level of procrastination, I’ll spend time on Vulture, the Chronicle of Higher Education site, Wired, Boomkat (to keep tabs on new music), Dat Piff (ditto) or Grantland (where I’m a contributor). But for my fifth, I’ll say Tumblr. I like the interface and its balance of writing, visuals and tricked-out design solves one of the problems of that brief era when everyone I knew had the same, boring-looking blog layout. But where blogs seemed generally to strive for transparency, Tumblr plays around with notions of identity. I don’t know the authors of half the Tumblrs I follow, even if I probably actually know them in real life.”

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Kieran Healy teaches sociology at Duke University. His research is mostly about exchange in human blood and organs, cultural goods, software, and ideas. He is  interested in the moral order of market society, the effect of quantification on social classification, and the link between those two things—particularly in the cases of quantifying excellence in academia and measuring creditworthiness amongst consumers. You can find him on Twitter, at Crooked Timber and occasionally at Slate

Here are Kieran’s first five…

"My true first five is quite boring. Is my bus on time, for example. On the other, there are sites that would signal my research interests or related concerns. If you want to know more about those, there is a decade’s worth of blog posts to browse. So here’s a mix of first five and current favorite five.”

Stellar - What gets favorited or otherwise liked by people I follow on Twitter. Depending on the day, clever, funny, whimsical, important, or weird things.”

Unfogged - Eclectic. Venerable. Pseudonymous. Involuted. Missing its Founders. A thousand comments is nothing.”

Hypercritical - Nerd radio. You may care nothing for the fine grain of   computer use. If so, that is perfectly fine and this show will bore you. But the host, John Siracusa, embodies an ideal of quietly intelligent, scrupulous, unpretentious, and humane commentary on information technology in everyday life.”

Pinboard - Bookmarking for introverts. I put stuff I find there if it doesn’t belong in Instapaper. I also keep an eye on what’s popular and what Cosma Shalizi is reading.”

The Kid Should See This - Cool videos. The Dad Should See Them, too.”

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Marc Smith is a sociologist specializing in the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. Smith leads the Connected Action consulting group and lives and works in Silicon Valley, California.  Smith co-foundedthe Social Media Research Foundation (http://www.smrfoundation.org/), a non-profit devoted to open tools, data, and scholarship related to social media research.


Smith is the co-editor with Peter Kollock of Communities in Cyberspace (Routledge), a collection of essays exploring the ways identity; interaction and social order develop in online groups. Along with Derek Hansen and Ben Shneiderman, he is the co-author and editor of Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a connected world, from Morgan-Kaufmann which is a guide to mapping connections created through computer-mediated interactions.

Smith’s research focuses on computer-mediated collective action: the ways group dynamics change when they take place in and through social cyberspaces. Many “groups” in cyberspace produce public goods and organize themselves in the form of a commons (for related papers see: http://www.connectedaction.net/marc-smith/). Smith’s goal is to visualize these social cyberspaces, mapping and measuring their structure, dynamics and life cycles. While at Microsoft Research, he founded the Community Technologies Group and led the development of the “Netscan” web application and data mining engine that allowed researchers studying Usenet newsgroups and related repositories of threaded conversations to get reports on the rates of posting, posters, crossposting, thread length and frequency distributions of activity.  He contributes to the open and free NodeXL project (http://www.codeplex.com/nodexl) that adds social network analysis features to the familiar Excel spreadsheet.  NodeXL enables social network analysis of email, Twitter, Flickr, WWW, Facebook and other network data sets.


The Connected Action consulting group (http://www.connectedaction.net) applies social science methods in general and social network analysis techniques in particular to enterprise and internet social media usage.  SNA analysis of data from message boards, blogs, wikis, friend networks, and shared file systems can reveal insights into organizations and processes.  Community managers can gain actionable insights into the volumes of community content created in their social media repositories.  Mobile social software applications can visualize patterns of association that are otherwise invisible.


Smith received a B.S. in International Area Studies from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1988, an M.Phil. in social theory from Cambridge University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA in 2001. He is an adjunct lecturer at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland.  Smith is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Media-X Program at Stanford University.

Here are Marc’s first five…

"Where I spend most of my time - individual and small group discussions"

"A collection of RSS and custom standing queries of Twitter and Google, feeds from Facebook, Codeplex, etc. - this is the center of my work after email - the central point for many strands of data from many services."

"NYTimes, news.google.com: News!”

"Google Analytics: track activity of several sites: NodeXLGraphGallery.org, connectedaction.netnetbadges.com,smrfoundation.org

NodeXLGraphGallery.org: look for user uploads of new network data sets”

NodeXL.Codeplex.com - the main web site for our network analysis project: NodeXL.  I watch the message board here.”

"Then, Google Drive: shared writing projects, SMRFoundation.org - the blog and message board for the Social Media Research Foundation, Flickr: my photo stream and others’, Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn: Wider view of what people are talking about and linking to, BoingBoing.net: entertainment and light technology policy news”

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Born and educated in India (NID), with an MA in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art, Anab founded Superflux in 2009. She has a proven track record in design, strategy and foresight for businesses, think-tanks and research organisations. 

Honoured as a TED Fellow, she is the receipient of several awards, including the Award of Excellence ICSID, Innovation Award, Chicago International Documentary Film Festival and theUNESCO Digital Arts Award. Her experience and knowledge of design, futurescaping, emerging markets, new technologies and innovation has led her to be invited as a keynote speaker for conferences worldwide. Some of the conferences she has spoken at include PICNIC, WCIT2010, LIFT, SIGGRAPH, EPIC, Design Engaged and FuturEverything.

Her work has been exhibited at MoMA New York, Apple Computers Inc, Mattel Toys, Tate Modern, Science Gallery Dublin, National Museum of China and the London Design Festival. She is on the Board of MzTek, and is a guest lecturer at the Royal College of ArtVCUQatarArchitectural Association, Goldsmiths, Dundee Innovative Product Design and CIID. 

Previously Anab has held senior design and research positions at the Helen Hamlyn CentreMicrosoft Research Cambridge and Nokia Design London. 

Here are Anab’s first five…

"This is my daily dose of news - politics, technology, science, art and design. I used to also check in on BBC news, India’s NDTV and New York Times earlier. But with limited time, i guess this is my first choice."

"I guess this works as an RSS reader for me. Its also a great way to stay in the loop of what  colleagues are up to and whats happening in my extended network. And most importantly, the daily quirks and ironic tweets of friends keeps me amused."

"I use Google calendar and Google drive *all* the time. (Yes, I know.)"

"This is our Company site, and there’s usually a need to reference or update a project, write a post, or use the Studio intranet on a daily basis."

"I don’t check Ribbonfarm daily, but always when there’s a new post. Venkatesh Rao writings about the future, technology, economy, culture…well its a sort of magic site for me, as it touches on so many of the themes that I am thinking about, presented in the most articulate, meaningful way possible."

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Jeremy Bailey is a Toronto-based Famous New Media Artist whose work explores custom software in a performative context. His work is often confidently self-deprecating in offering hilarious parodies of new media vocabularies.” (Marisa Olson, Rhizome) Recent projects include performances for Transmediale, the Stedelijk Museum, FACT, the Tate Liverpool and the New Museum in New York. For more visit jeremybailey.net

Here are Jeremy’s first five…

"Not technically a website, but an App for iPhone and iPad that aggregates all my web news (New York Times, Daily Beast, Guardian etc) including social (facebook, twitter, instagram etc) and more into one beautiful flipbable magazine style layout. I start every morning reading the "Cover stories" then "News" then "Technology" sections either with breakfast or on the subway on my way to work."

I’m a tech news addict, so even after I’ve read all of the technology news on flipboard (which draws from Tech Crunch and Mashable mostly), I’ll usually open up my fave tech blog Gizmodo directly to see what’s new.”

I’m prone to reading twitter more than Facebook recently and I love twitter for it’s immediacy, especially during important events.”

Though I’m still using facebook I’m doing so a less directly and less often now because Flipboard sucks in my feed and Instagram has taken over most of my photo sharing life. I still check it first thing in the morning though, and several times throughout the day - just not every few minutes like I used to.”

I’m a Famous New Media artist, so I always check out rhizome for the latest news on the new media and internet art scene.”

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Rahel Aima is a writer currently based in Dubai and co-editor at The State. Rahel has been previously involved with Triple CanopyGuernica,VersoBrownbook, and the Left Forum

Here are Rahel’s first five…

"Bit unnerving to realise just how much of my day I spend at various Google sites. Gmail is always the first tab I open, followed by Google Analytics. Google Docs—where we do all of our editing—is next, and is probably the one place where I spend most of my day. My sense of direction is nonexistent, even for places I’ve visited a bunch of times before, so I invariably consult Google Maps a few times throughout the day"

I’ve never managed to develop any kind of RSS habit, but Twitter definitely determines the bulk of what I read on any given day. I find myself wanting to try read everything, which is difficult given the number of people I follow. Lately, I’ve been trying to move people onto various themed lists—Middle Eastern art scene, urbanism and architecture, etc. Depending on where I’m living (Dubai or Brooklyn), I might check these several times a day, or once every few weeks or so.”

Although I use my own tumblr more as a visual scrapbook, this is the other place I get a lot of links from. I like using its search function to get a kind of visual pulse of the internet.”

There’s a few weekly radio shows I love, but these aside, various Soundcloud mixes soundtrack much of my day.”

"I’m going to have to madly cheat for this last one. I’ve been terrible with blogging regularly lately, but the next thing I’ll generally do is to check in on a bunch of these sites and aggregators, in hope of sparking something to write about. I really should figure out how to effectively use RSS. I’d love to be able to make sense of Reddit and Metafilter too, one day.

i09 is a favourite, and the first I visit, followed by wmmna, Wired, NextNature, Prosthetic Knowledge, Rhizome, The Next Web, grinding, Kottke, Laughingsquid and FastCoDesign.”

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Professor Andy Miah (@andymiah) is Director of the Creative Futures Institute and Chair of Ethics and Emerging Technologies in the Faculty of Business & Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland. He is Global Director for the Centre for Policy and Emerging Technologies, Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and Fellow of FACT, Liverpool.

Here are Andy’s first five…


This is my automated digital aggregator and is the first place I visit in the morning. It informs me about everything that interests me and is essentially a Twitter account that sucks in and pushes out content from all kinds of sources that I’ve found over the years using an RSS feed to deliver links. It includes new journal editions, news from Wired Magazine, Bored Panda, Mashable, along with other media producers.  This is my widest net but and I read all the tweets, so it is also my most comprehensive news/entertainment/research feed.”

The second ‘website’ I use to access content is also on my mobile device (iPhone) and is the Twitter latest stories. I’ve found this to be a nice way of discovering news that matters, rather than just news that the mass media are reporting. It uses the native Twitter app in iPhone. I click on ‘discover’ and it takes me to new stories, trends and follow suggestions - all of which are based partly on the people I follow, so there is a contextual layer which helps promote relevance.”


I love the BBC mobile app and it’s my preferred place to access what the mainstream media are covering. I still believe that the BBC are the greatest news broadcaster in the world and that they have some of the best journalists in the world. The app supersedes watching TV, but I also listen to BBC Radio 4 in the morning via a good old radio.”


I’ve had a pretty long history of early adoption with internet applications and, despite the criticisms of the new giants, I still think they’re good because they work. In Facebook, I enjoy seeing what my friends and colleagues are sharing and particularly value seeing their photographs. It is the people’s flickr to me (but I also have a pro Flickr account).  This is my most social space.”


I’m really stretching the definition of a website now, but the fact is I don’t visit website very much anymore as the content comes to me. Yet, to really understand what I use digitally every day, it’s impossible to neglect Skype, which I use to contact those few people with whom I enjoy a daily relationship. In fact, it may just be one or two people in a day whom I connect with on Skype, but it’s a crucial space for me to discuss current issues and work. This is my narrowest net.”

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Ben Fino-Radin is a New York-based archivist, researcher, media archeologist. As Digital Conservator for Rhizome at the New Museum, he leads the preservation and curation of the ArtBase, one of the oldest and most comprehensive collections of born-digital works of art.

Here are Ben’s first five…

"The following selections were determined strictly through analysis of my browser history (process detailed here).
Morning on the internet. It is time for seeing what the world has accomplished while you slumbered.”

"Every day begins with coffee and Twitter."
"Time to read the listervs (Archives & Archivists, Museum Computer Network, Nettime, Anno NTK, a few others…), and my daily News.me email.”
"At this point something seen or read has piqued my curiosity enough to warrant a new tab and a google query."
"Prismatic does a good job of aggregating interesting reads through analysis of Twitter, including both people I follow and people I do not. This is my morning paper."
"In spite of having a large music collection, YouTube is often my jukebox in the morning."

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Daina Cheyenne Harvey is on the faculty at the College of the Holy Cross. His research explores the cultural and cognitive responses to social disruption. In his work he pays particular attention to: 1) the urban and environmental conditions that result in both acute and chronic suffering; 2) violences as a tool of disruption and marginality in the aftermath of disaster; and, 3) eco-disparities in everyday life. He is currently working on a book, tentatively titled, A Long Suffering: Life in the Ninth, about living in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and federal levee failures in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. 

Here are Daina’s first five…

"Great journalists, columnists, and bloggers. I use bloglines for an aggregator so I can look over feeds from The Atlantic, TomDispatch, TPM, etc., but it seems sacrilegious to do so for nyt."

"Depending on the day of the week, usually a Monday or Tuesday, I’ll spend an hour or so reading the Chronicle and the Chronicle Review. I usually find I missed something interesting though and go back later in the week."


"A guilty pleasure, but I do like re-posting stories for my students to blog about and I use their graphs and charts in some lectures. Plus a good chunk of their writing is on cities and the environment."


"I got addicted to Gambit when I lived in New Orleans doing research for my dissertation (NOLA Defender too). I still like to check in to see what’s going on in the city. And if any of my peeps are going to nola, I like to pretend I’m in the know."


"Best radio station in the universe (also see reason for #4) (wtul and kvrx are close seconds). If I’m at home or in the office on weekends I’ll stream it for hours. I can sit back and pretend I’m on Frenchmen St. or hanging out at Markey’s or Mimi’s (again, see #4)."

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Richard Stallman founded the Free Software Movement in 1983 and began developing the GNU operating system (often referred to as “Linux”) in 1984.  He describes his computing practices in his personal site.

Here are Richard’s sometimes visited five…

What are the first five websites you visit every day? 

None!  I very rarely look at a web site, and never from my own computer.  (This started as a personal penance, but nowadays seems possibly advisable for reasons of privacy)”

"I get the guardian.co.uk RSS to stay generally informed.  People scan the others for me to show me articles to cover in the political notes on stallman.org.  They scan other sites for me too.”






The photo of Richard above is taken by Bill Ebbesen at the Danish Technical University on 2007/03/31. It is free to use and redistribute (placed in the public domain worldwide by the original copyright holder) and has been altered for the purpose of this post. 

Robin Peckham, writer and curator, is the founder of gallery and project office Saamlung, a Hong Kong-based organization that engages with discourses of contemporary culture for greater China. His current research interests lie in the possibility of criticism influenced by aesthetic developments in object-oriented ontology, post-internet object cultures, animated GIFs, and new materialisms in media theory. His writing, translation, and editorial work is published in Artforum, Yishu, LEAP, and ArtSlant, while recent book-length publications include monographs on Zhang Peili and MAP Office.

Here are Robin’s first five…


"If our experience of media is increasingly delivered in the format of a live flow from which to extract objects of note, Google Reader may be the best tool to pause and save streams from blogs to Twitter, Weibo to mass media. The only site I invariably open more than once a day."


"A fantastically fun social site to which visitors upload and then “stack” images of art. Easier to get a read on a stranger by skimming the last 20 artworks they found worthy of bookmarking than Facebook snooping or mobile platform allegiance."


Between Cantonese slang and endemic BBS terminology, much of the discussion on this forum is illegible to outsiders like me. Nevertheless, as Hong Kong’s answer to 4chan it’s indubitably the best way to get a finger on the cultural and political pulse of the city.”


"A sprawling library that has archived a good portion of the collective English-language critical consciousness, proving not that information wants to be free but rather that the knowledge that should be available will become available."


"I watch a rude amount of American television." 

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Photograph by Christopher Adams

Jeremy Levine is the principal of the architectural design firm, Jeremy Levine Design.  His work has appeared on the Discovery Channel and HGTV.  Jeremy is a contributing writer to Digicult, the on-line journal of digital culture. In a former life, Jeremy art directed feature films and co-wrote the MGM film "The Lesser Evil".  Jeremy on the board of directors of Side Street Projects and the Harpo Foundation for the Arts. 

Here are Jeremy’s first five…


"A virtual cabinet of architectural misadventures, alternative histories, and obscure collections packaged into a weblog. Here you will find photos from the Museum of Failed Products next to an essay on how shopping mall parking lots have conquered Suburbia."


"Most design related web sites tread lightly when it comes to criticism. The Design Observer does not tip toe."


"The editors scour the web for great writing on academic subjects, but without the awful academic prose that often bogs them down. Each essay is introduced by a literary hook that is difficult to resist. Consider the following tempting morsels…’Kurt Vonnegut’s decline began when he traded being a writer for being a celebrity, and, worse, a spokesman for his facile faith of niceness. At least he deteriorated with eyes wide open…”. Or, “Is Caligula’s reputation as a vicious megalomaniac a bum rap? Not entirely. His behavior served a purpose: satirizing the Roman elite…’"



"This is where I get my daily fix of information visualizations which I find strangely addictive."


"I like to eat. A lot. Enough said."

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