Category Archives: Historia

post-verdad y noticias falsificadas

No suelo escribir posts de seguimiento a textos anteriores, pero a raíz de mi último post sobre las noticias falsificadas (#fake news) he recibido una serie de preguntas que me han motivado a escribir este segundo texto explicando algunas cosas, que no diciendo la última…

Madrid 2016 y la post-verdad

Ha iniciado 2017 hace unos cuantos días, y al mirar mi blog… me di cuenta de que el último texto publicado tiene un año de antigüedad, casi al día exacto. Durante 2016 he estado la verdad muy ocupado para atender el blog… he escrito dos libros de no…

Nature´s Metropolis

A book by William Cronon William Cronon’s Nature’s Metropolis is a history of Chicago. A city that emerged in the northern Midwest against considerable odds; but nevertheless achieved in a very short period of time a position of dominance in trade, in particular for lumber…

The New Sit-ins are a Hashtag

The recent uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have rekindled the discussion about the role of social networks, and triggered a speech by Secretary Clinton about Internet freedom. The speech emphasizes that it is the people who change regimes, but access to the Internet must be…

Acerca de Jerarquías (On Hierarchies)

Nota: Este articulo se publico originalmente en el Blog Viralogia Los economistas modernos han restado importancia a un error.  Según ellos nuestro paradigma social y económico es la racionalidad y el interés propio. Pero el interés propio no describe por completo la motivación humana y…

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The Memory of the Social Thing

Some ideas about how to go approach writing a history of the Online Social Network, the Virtual World (and MMORPGs)… The first step is to consider how Tom Standage has made a good case that the first instance of a social network, albeit not online or…

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Moving to Boston

In the last weeks I have been moving from Mexico to Boston.  For the next couple of years I will be attending classes at MIT and working from my Boston office.  I will resume posting in a few days.

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Collective Memory

Some years before Vannevar Bush wrote about the Memex, the solitary Jorge Luis Borges penned a singular short story: Funes el Memorioso.   There is a good translation by Andrew Hurley, with the somewhat awkward title of Funes, His Memory.   At first it may seem strange to…

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Writing Diaries

Robert Musil, a writer and novelist, author of “The Man Without Qualities“, was a prolific writer of diaries and letters.   He viewed the diary as complementary to his work as a writer, and thought of how it fitted his artistic and political vision.  The diary as a collection of…