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CITIES IN THE 21st CENTURY: A Primer

Book Review

John Matthew Barlow reviews John Lorinc's new book, Cities: A Groundwork Guide. Last year marked the first time that the majority of the world's population lived in cities; Lorinc's introduction to the subject offers a timely, and lively, critique of the issues confronting cities and humanity as a whole as we confront this radical restructuring of our way of living in the urban century.

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  • Cities: A Guide

    Book Review

    John Matthew Barlow reviews John Lorinc's new book, Cities: A Groundwork Guide. Last year marked the first time that the majority of the world's population lived in cities; Lorinc's introduction to the subject offers a timely, and lively, critique of the issues confronting cities and humanity as a whole as we confront this radical restructuring of our way of living in the urban century.

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  • The Hurt Locker

    Review

    Eric Randolph reviews Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, and notes a shift in film-making sensibilities from the war-as-heroics paradigm of earlier Hollywood, towards the everyman's war-as-hell model that has now lodged itself in Western cultural consciousness.

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  • Architecture & Biopolitics

    Interview

    Berlin-based writer Daniel Miller's October 2008 interview with Swedish philosopher and SITE Magazine Editor-In-Chief Sven-Olov Wallenstein, on his new book Biopolitics and the Emergence of Modern Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009).

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  • Wired For War

    Symposium

    The second symposium in CTlab's 2009 series, focused on Peter Singer's new book, Wired For War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century (Penguin Press: 2009), ran from 30 March to 2 April. Singer and half a dozen scholars from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Austria debated the use and ethics of robots in war.

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  • DEFCON 17

    Current Intelligence

    Tim Stevens reports back from the DEFCON 17 conference in Las Vegas: are hackers thinking meat isn't just meat anymore?

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Monday
03Aug2009

NATO'S New Secretary General

Former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen took over the reins as NATO Secretary General (SecGen) this past weekend. His social media campaign kicked in, too, with a new video blog, Facebook page (34,000+ fans and counting), and Twitter stream. It's the little things that matter, really: he - or whoever - didn't post to the blog as "Admin" or "PAO" or anyone else, but as Anders Fogh Rasmussen. That doesn't mean he's really doing it himself (although the video part would be hard to fake), but at least the media team running that show has set some basic web credibility markers. Should be interesting to see how SecGen's media campaign compares to that of his military counterpart, Admiral James Stavridis, based down the road from Brussels at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. Stay tuned.

While we're on the subject of NATO, check out the new community site that's been set up to field debate on the Strategic Concept. Pretty slick. 

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