Digital Culture and Life Online

The Only Way to Tell the Truth is in Fiction: The Dynamics of Life in the National Security State

May 5, 2014

My topic for Def Con 22 in August. The 19th year at Def Con, beginning with Def Con 4 in 1996. The Only Way to Tell the Truth is in Fiction: The Dynamics of Life in the National Security State Over a decade ago, a friend at the National Security Agency told Richard Thieme that […]

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It’s Identity, Stupid

March 1, 2013

It’s Identity, Stupid by Richard Thieme   Published n Cyber Defense Magazine at RSA March 2013   We know that identity is a critical issue for security practitioners, but have we really grasped that identity has become THE existential issue for life in the early 21st century?   Academics write scholarly tomes on morphing personas […]

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Identity/Destiny

October 7, 2003

Identity/Destiny. by Richard Thieme “Identity/Destiny” was published in Prophecy Anthology, Volume 1”  a full-color book featuring sequential art by artists such as Shannon Wheeler, Scott McCloud, Sho Murase, Yuko Shimizu, Nathan Fox and Bernie Mireault by Sequent Media (2004). The text accompanied wonderful graphic narrative. Identity is destiny. Identity is designed. Our destiny then is […]

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Virtual Souls, Virtual Wine – on religion and technology for the NCR

September 24, 2003

Virtual Souls, Virtual Wine by Richard Thieme published in the National Catholic Reporter When we find ourselves blessed or cursed to live in a period of a genuine transformation – not just a time of accelerated change, but a time of elemental restructuring – it is hard to speak about the implications of that restructuring […]

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Hacking Chinatown

July 12, 2002

Hacking Chinatown By Richard Thieme “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.” Those are the last words of the movie “Chinatown,” just before the police lieutenant shouts orders to the crowd to clear the streets so the body of an innocent woman, murdered by the Los Angeles police, can be removed. “Chinatown,” with Jack Nicholson as Jake […]

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Straight Talk on Useability

August 9, 2001

Straight Talk I write an column called “Islands in the Clickstream” that is disseminated over the Internet. It’s about our interaction with new technologies and the larger issues of our lives that they raise. One reader wrote that more and more of my columns were emphasizing sentiment, rather than technological issues. He was right. So […]

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Scents and Sensibilities

March 22, 2000

SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY BY RICHARD THIEME Originally published by the Village Voice March 22 – 28, 2000. Copyright (c) 2000. All rights reserved. Smells Are Ready for Their Online Debut-But Is the World Ready for Them? Digital scents will make plenty of dollars if DigiScents has its way. Sitting right at your desk, you’ll soon […]

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In Defense of Hacking: The Director’s Cut

February 20, 2000

In Defense of Hacking by Richard Thieme Computer hackers are a prototype of twenty-first century humanity. Real hackers, that is. Real hackers embody the attitudes, skills, mind-sets, and realized possibilities that the digital world makes possible and rewards. Hackers reveal the kind of multi-dimensional thinking an information society demands – one in which all of […]

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Cyborg Creep

February 6, 1999

By Richard Thieme Wearable computers and ubiquitous wireless environments will undermine independence and compromise security. “1984 was a beta version of what’s coming next.”–Chris Esposito, Boeing Today’s threats to security and privacy will seem tame by comparison to those of the next millennium, when we are living and working in ubiquitous wireless networks, where home, […]

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A Moment of Clarity

February 28, 1998

If we are fortunate, there occurs at least once in our lifetimes a “moment of clarity” in which we observe ourselves with our own eyes and see how narrowly we have lived in contrast with how we might live if we fulfilled the possibilities of our best selves. We see that we have come to […]

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