FDL Movie Night: Codebreaker

By: Monday January 28, 2013 5:00 pm

We are honored to have Codebreaker as our FDL Movie Night discussion with the film’s executive producer Patrick Sammon as our guest. Nominated for the 2013 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary, Codebreaker is the story of British mathematical genius Alan Turing whose vision shaped the world we now live in, and who was prosecuted and persecuted  by the British  courts for his sexuality under the same statutes as Oscar Wilde decades earlier.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Steven Johnson, Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age

By: Sunday December 9, 2012 1:59 pm

One of my great frustrations about the digital age is how poor our language is to explain and understand what is happening in our midst. At the outset of Future Perfect, Johnson offers us a new word to describe an emerging political consciousness: peer progressive. It is an apt term, well-coined. Peer progressives believe in the progress of humanity – that we are on a path of continual improvement, and that the exciting technological innovations of the digital age offer new and compelling ways forward. While embracing a progressive worldview, peer progressives believe in the power of peer-to-peer networks, not institutions. They are “wary of centralized control, but they [are] not free-market libertarians…they [are] equally suspicious of big government and big corporations.”

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