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Escaping the Shaming Spiral

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Chris Pratt, the actor starring in the upcoming Jurassic World, the umpteenth sequel to the venerable Steven Spielberg franchise has a novel approach for dealing with the Twitter mobs — he’s proffering a pre-outrage pre-apology for whatever he says during a press conference that will trigger the mob: I want to make a heartfelt apology […]

12 Years of Instapundit

Saturday, August 10th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

Everybody has their story of how they discovered the Blogosphere; for lots of people, it was via Instapundit.com, which turned 12 years old this week. Here’s my take (originally published in 2011), a visit to the Jurassic days of the early Blogosphere. Ten years ago, when I was making my living as a freelance writer, […]

Outlaw 3D, and Only Outlaws Will Live in the Third Dimension!

Thursday, May 9th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

Hilarious comment posted to  Charles C. W. Cooke’s post on 3D-printable guns: Just now, I noted that 100,000 people have already downloaded the digital blueprints to Defense Distributed’s 3D-printable gun. This gem was among the comments on my post: The answer is we have to ban 3D. No one really needs a third dimension. If it will […]

Meanwhile, In Retail…

Friday, January 4th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

Once Borders blew itself up, Barnes & Noble’s future as the chief surviving national retail book chain was assured, right? Well, so much for that idea: After a year spent signaling its commitment to build its business through its Nook division, Barnes & Noble on Thursday announced disappointing holiday sales figures, with steep declines that […]

New Silicon Graffiti Video: An Interview with Glenn Reynolds on The Higher Education Bubble

Monday, July 2nd, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

Since my blog was one of many inspired by Instapundit.com in the immediate wake of 9/11, and since it’s celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, I had wanted to do a video interview with Glenn Reynolds to discuss the history and state of the Blogosphere. Given that he has a new “Broadside” (much longer than […]

You Can’t Always Come Back, Baby—Because YouTube Never Forgets

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

And now, a few words on the long-term dangers of deficit spending, from a rather unlikely source: (Correct me if I’m wrong, but he wasn’t too crazy about President Bush’s foreign policy, either. Go figure.) On his personal blog, after linking to the above clip, Moe Lane writes about a topic I’ve explored a few […]

Ten Years of Instapundit

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

Everybody has their story of how they discovered the Blogosphere; for lots of people, it was via Instapundit.com, which turned ten years old this week. Here’s my take, a visit to the Jurassic days of the early Blogosphere. Ten years ago, when I was making my living as a freelance writer, and writing four to […]

‘How Kindle Is Changing the Way a Reader Reads Books’

Sunday, June 19th, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

At her Accidental Futurist blog, Kate O’Hare writes: Last year, I spent some time on Twitter musing about whether or not I should buy a Kindle to accompany me on a cross-country plane trip. In the end, I decided that it was just too pricey (this was before the smaller, lower-priced ones came out) and […]

Meanwhile, Back in Old Media…

Thursday, January 6th, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

Both the film and music industries recorded record low sales in 2010. Let’s take the film industry first, courtesy of Time magazine: The number slumped to 1.35 billion tickets in 2010, which is a 5.4% drop from 2009 and the lowest figure since 1.33 billion tickets were sold in 1996. But revenues remained high, going […]

New Silicon Graffiti Video: BlogWorld 2010

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

For the latest edition of our Silicon Graffiti video blog, we check out the sights, and sounds, and blogs at the Fourth Annual Blog World and New Media Expo, last weekend at the swanky Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Featured in this video: My interview with social media consultant Brian Reich, who’s working with the […]

Dispatches from the Cold Civil War: When New Media Meets Old

Thursday, August 12th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

“If you are part of the free press and actually expose a political scandal, you will suffer for it in this country. It is intolerable to those in the media that young people, independent people who have access to YouTube could possibly have all that power. We’re just obscure nobodies, yet we can actually influence […]

Any Sufficiently Advanced Prediction Newsweek Gets Right Is Indistinguishable From Magic

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

In his brilliant and frequently-updated non-fiction book, Profiles of the Future, Arthur C. Clarke famously quotes a remark attributed to William Henry Preece, the chief engineer of the British Post Office, when he was told in 1877 that the Americans had stumbled across a then-bleeding edge communications technology: “The Americans have need of the Telephone […]

Well, Better Late Than Never

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

Harvard discovers the hyperlink: The Stalinist (sorry — couldn’t resist, Frank) Vast Right Wing Conspiracy sets out to capture the high ground of cyberspace! Don Surber dubs it, “The Axis of Instapundit”: Oh no! A blogger at Harvard has discovered that blogs link to one another: At the moment I will not address the merits […]

New Silicon Graffiti Video: The Rise Of The Protean Corporation

Monday, August 3rd, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

The latest edition of Silicon Graffiti definitely lives up the first half of the series name, as I interview Silicon Valley’s own Michael S. Malone of ABC News and the “Edgelings” blog at PJ Media, about his new book, The Future Arrived Yesterday: The Rise of the Protean Corporation. We’ll discuss: What is a “Protean […]

Happy Birthday, YouTube

Friday, April 24th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

Found via Greg Pollowitz, the Penn Station of video hosts turns four years old today. Here’s my early “Army of Davids”-style look at the benefits of the site at Tech Central Station from February of 2006. As for its downside, here’s my firsthand report at the drawback of relying upon the site as your sole […]

The 1990s Are Officially Over

Friday, April 24th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

“Yahoo pulls the plug on GeoCities.”

“Can Twitter Survive What is About to Happen to It?”

Sunday, March 15th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

Hey, it’s survived me being on there, so I’m guessing it’s somewhat bulletproof. But still, Nova Spivack has some interesting questions about Twitter’s future. In my “All You Need Is Tweet” video, I compared Twitter to a combination police scanner and Internet chatroom; Spivack has an equally viable analogy: Twitter reminds me of CB radio […]

Twitter On The Edge Of Forever

Saturday, March 14th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

The proprietor of Right Wing Nation is not yet ready to join the Twitter Collective: I am one of Ed Driscoll’s biggest fans, but I am just as profoundly uninterested in the latest, hottest web 2.0 gimmicks as I am pop culture. I’m not sure what the excitement about Twitter is about; from what I’ve […]

New Silicon Graffiti Video: “All You Need Is Tweet!”

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

After all of the recent political and media bias Silicon Graffiti videos, I wanted to do something in a lighter vein, so here’s (hopefully) a fun overview of Twitter. No doubt, hard care power Tweeters (yes, it’s supposed to sound silly) will chide me for leaving out whatever this week’s killer app of the century […]

The Collapse Of Middlebrow Culture

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

John Derbyshire links to this Terry Teachout essay from 2003: Just as city dwellers can’t understand what it meant for the residents of a rural town to wake up one day and find themselves within driving distance of a Wal-Mart, so are they incapable of properly appreciating the true significance of middlebrow culture. For all […]