Does Democracy Have a Future in America?

Why do things look grim for liberal democracy these days? How can our traditional democratic values fight back? Can we get together on any unimpeachable authority?

Welcome to Warp and Woof, v.2.0

Warp & Woof, v. 2.0 Welcome to Warp & Woof, a blog from William Sundwick. I’ve been working on this project intermittently since I retired from the Library of Congress in 2015, after 42 years of service. Back in the day, maybe 10-15 years ago, when blogging was something people did – before social mediaContinue reading “Welcome to Warp and Woof, v.2.0”

Friends

Published February 14, 2019 in Warp & Woof Friends Is it What They Do for Us? Or, What We Do for Them? William Sundwick Aristotle defined three types of friends in the Nicomachean Ethics. Friendship could be for utility, pleasure, or goodness. Friends of utility are like business relationships; goods and services are exchanged byContinue reading “Friends”

Exit Strategy

Published October 11, 2018 in Warp & Woof Exit Strategy Was Getting Out Inevitable? Flint Series, Chapter 5 William Sundwick Sometimes I think that friendships are simply a matter of convenience. While many people seem to make life-long friendships with kids they grew up with, my experience has been different. I lost contact with myContinue reading “Exit Strategy”

Friends: Virtual vs. “Real”

Published June 18, 2018 in Warp & Woof Friends: Virtual vs. “Real” Don’t Feel So Guilty about Social Media William Sundwick Since the recent revelation of theft of personal data from Facebook, we are especially sensitive to privacy concerns in our interconnected world. And, while we can easily see the psychology of social media addictionContinue reading “Friends: Virtual vs. “Real””

Life on the Internet: No Fear, No Shame

Published May 3, 2018 in Warp & Woof Life on the Internet: No Fear, No Shame Why All the Fuss? William Sundwick Why are so many people so afraid of sharing “personal information” with the world, anyway? Lately, especially with Facebook, it has verged on mass paranoia. Warp and Woof, the blog, was launched onContinue reading “Life on the Internet: No Fear, No Shame”

Politics of Outrage

Published April 11, 2018 in Warp & Woof   Politics of Outrage Debating Policy and Ideology Is Only Fun for a Few William Sundwick The first principle of politics: it’s about gaining and wielding power. Practitioners of politics are interested mostly in dominance. They’re motivated by biology and genes. The second principle of politics: weContinue reading “Politics of Outrage”

Link from Wired

Long form piece from Wired gives entire history of Facebook, and Mark Zuckerberg’s, struggles over last two years. Reference: “My Struggle with Facebook Addiction” from December. I, for one, have not yet seen any change in my Facebook news feed since the famous manifesto promising “time well spent” with the platform. Still dominated by mindlessContinue reading “Link from Wired”

My Struggle with Facebook Addiction

Published December 26, 2017 in Warp & Woof   My Struggle with Facebook Addiction Not a Teenager, But a Senior William Sundwick In Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World(1932), the World State exercised control over its population by administering a “soma” drug to them. It was a psychoactive drug, producing states of euphoria, and generalContinue reading “My Struggle with Facebook Addiction”