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March 22, 2016

Darknet 101


The internet as most of us know it is only a small part of how the planet connects and does business. Jamie Bartlett, the author of “The Dark Net” offers an entertaining TED talk about, well, the dark net - this “hidden” part of the Internet, known as Tor hidden services, where URLs are a string of meaningless numbers and letters that end in .onion - where you can become an anonymous activist or buy cocaine. You know, the more you know, I guess. Don’t tell them we sent you.

How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream

January 20, 2016

What Is The Internet and What Is It For? Fresh Perspectives for 2016


In 1999, Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger posted 95 theses about the Internet and what it would mean to the world and called it The Cluetrain Manifesto. In 2000, seven essays were added and it was published as a book. 15 years later, they've given us a new set of clues. Technically, this was published a year ago, but the piece really hasn’t gotten the play it deserves. I mean, any discussion that starts with, “The Internet is us, connected…” deserves a heartfelt read and ponder. And, if you didn’t read the original, get on it. Our favorite from the OG piece is, “…internetworked markets and among intranetworked employees, people are speaking to each other in a powerful new way…”


We think it’s a big idea. Still. Again.


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Updated Clues from original authors of "The Cluetrain Manifesto"

The Cluetrain Manifesto

"Cluetrain..." on Amazon

Rick Levine

Christopher Locke

Doc Searls

David Weinberger


January 19, 2016

An Oral History of 'A Special Thing', The World’s Most Important Comedy Message Board

For an art scene to exist, for artists within it to make the leap into greatness, hubs need to exist. Like-minded people need a space where their ideas can commingle and become better, where they can borrow, hook up, network, steal, and stab each other in the back. In the past, this meant a physical locale, but with the Internet, people no longer needed to share the same physical space. This is the story of a comedy scene incubator that ushered in Patton Oswalt, Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari Anthony Jeselnik, Marc Maron and dozens of prospective comedians, writers, and directors.

 Comedy's Collective Master Class