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Technology

Technology, Freedom of Speech, and Rush Limbaugh

Technology, Freedom of Speech, and Rush Limbaugh

One of the great pillars of modern liberal democracy is its protection of the right to free expression.  The first act of any authoritarian government will be to censor critical voices:  the Chinese Communist Party thus exercises ever-tightening control over both legacy media and the internet; Putin has put all

Francis Fukuyama
The First Amendment Is Not a Suicide Pact

The First Amendment Is Not a Suicide Pact

Confused thinking is standing in the way of a perfectly achievable goal: moderating speech on the internet.

Jack Snyder
Fake News and Conspiracy Theories

Fake News and Conspiracy Theories

We are at a very dangerous and unprecedented point in American politics today. As noted in my last post, something strange has happened to the Republican Party. It has been shifting from a party built around ideology and ideas, to one that resembles a cult of personality focused on one

Francis Fukuyama
Democracy Dies in Disinformation

Democracy Dies in Disinformation

Autocrats may think the internet is their best friend, but democracies can give facts a fighting chance.

Steven Feldstein, Peter Pomerantsev
The Collapse of Reality

The Collapse of Reality

Mass entertainment, technological advance, and the lure of the internet have brought us to a place we’ve never been before.

Adam Garfinkle
Why You Should Also Switch to Linux

Why You Should Also Switch to Linux

In my last post, I explained why it’s a good idea to build your own PC, rather than use a Mac. I would go further than this, though: I would build a PC, and install Ubuntu or Debian or some other major Linux distribution on it rather than the

Francis Fukuyama
Why Everyone Should Build Their Own PC and Stop Using Macs

Why Everyone Should Build Their Own PC and Stop Using Macs

I’ve long felt the same way about personal computers that Matt Crawford feels about cars:  it is important to build your own PC so that you can have more control over a technology that you use every day. I have been building my own PCs since the mid-1990s, when

Francis Fukuyama
Technology and Autonomy

Technology and Autonomy

I am beginning this blog primarily in order to write about technology.  Like everyone else in the modern world, I make extensive use of technology, even when doing things that don’t seem tech-related like woodworking.  Beyond that, though, I’ve gotten deep into a number of technologies as a

Francis Fukuyama