Here’s Ancient Solace for ‘Arrested Development’ Fans

As Streamers Drop Content, the Library of Alexandria Offers a Tale of Caution and Hope

You log into a streaming service and the show you want to watch is gone.

Best-case scenario: it’s migrated to another major platform, and you already have an account set up there.

Less ideal, it has been folded into a smaller-tier streamer, the kind that offers its content for free, but with so many ads that the show is nearly unwatchable.

Then there’s the bleakest option. The show you’re looking for is gone. You can’t watch it. You can’t buy it (except maybe on used DVD or VHS, if you have a player). …

Why Scientific Discovery Thrives on ‘Creative Anarchy’

By Rewarding Bold Experiments, the Ecosystem of Funding and Research Could Produce More Breakthroughs

Science is one great success of our civilizations, from the erudition of the ancient Greeks and Arabs, to the practicality of the Renaissance and the Modern era. It is one …

Author David Weinberger

A Witch on the New Jersey Turnpike?

David Weinberger is the author of Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is …

What a Fine Mess Knowledge Has Become

But That’s Not a Bad Thing, Says David Weinberger

“Knowledge is in crisis,” David Weinberger told a crowd at the Goethe Institut Los Angeles. “We can look at any of the most secure, visible incarnations of knowledge in our …

What Google Can’t Tell You | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

What Google Can’t Tell You

What Do Depth, Nuance, Context, and Balance Have in Common? You Can’t Find Them Through Search Engines

Back in 2012, we asked scholars of technology and knowledge about the ways search engines were changing how we made decisions, educated ourselves, and …

Stop Complaining, There Was Always TMI


The word “bit” was used as a term of measuring information in 1948, coined by 32-year-old mathematician and engineer Claude Shannon in The Bell System Technical Journal. “The bit now …