Quotes of the week
I don’t consider this writing, I consider this thinking.
I think we need to do a better job explaining the state of the world to people, which is mostly an old-fashioned research and writing project. There’s an enormous amount of curiosity these days about how things like the government and the media work and how, in the US, things have gone so wrong. But nobody is doing a very good job of providing the answers.
Articles of the week
- Aaron Swartz: What is going on here?
The About page on Aaron’s blog, explaining his philosophy on blogging.
- danah boyd: processing the loss of Aaron Swartz
In danah’s words: “…We need to look for an approach to change-making that doesn’t result in brilliant people being held up as examples so that they can be tormented by power.”
- naked capitalism: Aaron Swartz’s Politics
Matt Stoller tells stories about working with Aaron, his drive and curiosity, and the work he put into “making life a little less unfair.”
- Google Blogoscoped: A Chat with Aaron Swartz
A 2007 interview, in which Aaron talks about his core beliefs, technology and censorship, discrimination, reading and writing, and more.
- Forbes: Aaron Swartz and the Corrupt Practice of Plea Bargaining
A brief article on how the case against Aaron Swartz exposes dysfunction in the American justice system.