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“Ben Tarnoff: Internet For The People”    starting August 2, 2022

Technology writer Ben Tarnoff joins a conversation about his book, “Internet for the People: The Fight for Our Digital Future”  about how and why the Internet is broken, and how to fix it by deprivatizing, creating an Internet where people, not profit, rule. A solution calls for shrinking the space of the market and diminishing the power of the profit motive. It calls for abolishing the walled gardens of Google, Facebook, and the other giants that dominate our digital lives and developing publicly and cooperatively owned alternatives that encode real democratic control. To build a better internet, we need to change how it is owned and organized.

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“Kevin Driscoll – Modem World: A Prehistory of Social Media”    June 24 – July 22, 2022

Author and media studies professor Kevin Driscoll discusses his book, “Modem World: A Prehistory of Social Media,” a history of bulletin board systems (BBSs) and early grassroots networks that preceded the privatization and commercialization of the Internet.  Kevin argues that “the modem world” of BBSs was as relevant as ARPANET to the creation of the Internet we have today, if not more so. It’s fitting that we’re having this discussion on The WELL, which began as a BBS based in the Bay Area.

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“Peter Richardson – Hunter S. Thompson”    March 17 – May 11, 2022

Peter Richardson discusses his book Savage Journey: Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzoa study of Hunter Thompson’s literary formation and achievement. “Richardson successfully captures Thompson’s lasting impact, positing him as the intellectual face of Rolling Stone and a thinker who anticipated Donald Trump’s politics.” – Publisher’s Weekly


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