An essay on Twitter by Paul Levinson. Thanks to Syed (6:30 section) for providing the link.

From The Economist, an essay on how Facebook looks and acts like a country.

From Foreign Policy magazine, how our optimism about the Internet and society may be misguided: “Think Again.”

What if we think of MySpace as “vintage Internet”? That could speak to the visual aesthetics of being online. (From The New York Observer.) And more on MySpace aesthetics, by Rob Walker.

Also re: the aesthetics of the Internet, a “Gallery of Default Anonymity” (and also via Rob Walker’s Murketing).

Some additional blogs you might follow for your Independent Reading project:,, murketing.comBLDGBLOG, …. Please also check out the long, very good list at Bygone Bureau.