Washington, D.C., in the 1830s was a city of ferment. Free blacks were moving in, eventually outnumbering the city’s slaves â a development that made whites very nervous. Those tensions came to a head in the now-forgotten race riot of 1835, an episode detailed in author Jefferson Morley’s new book.
In 1787, Thomas Jefferson put a stuffed American moose in the lobby of his Paris residence. As the U.S. minister to France, Jefferson displayed the moose to powerfully symbolize the enormous possibilities of America. The new world of the Internet has equally vast possibilities and, like North America in Jefferson’s day, its landscape remains largely unexplored.
In his new book, In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace, David Post draws remarkable and entertaining parallels between the Internet and the natural and intellectual landscape that Thomas Jefferson explored, documented, and shaped. Creatively drawing on Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, Post describes how the Internet functions technically and applies Jefferson’s views on natural history, law, and governance to the unfolding complexities of cyberspace.
Jefferson’s Moose is a book for both fans of Thomas Jefferson and for fans of the Internet, each of whom should know more about the other topic. Come hear Professor Post present the ideas from In Search of Jefferson’s Moose, with commentary from two equally insightful writers.
From http://www.theincomparable.com/2010/11/11-to-be-continued.html Three Hugo winners enter our Book Club. “Spin” by Robert Charles Wilson, “Hyperion” by Dan Simmons, and “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union” by Michael Chabon. Also: Why sequels suck. The Incomparable Participants: Jason Snell, Glenn Fleishman, Dan Moren, Scott McNulty, and Greg Knauss. The Incomparable Theme Song composed by Christopher Breen.
Updated on Thursday evening, November 11, to fix a strange empty spot and add an explanation about what “work me like a ham” means. But you have to listen to the end. And re-download if you missed it.
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Please note that this episode contains spoilers for the three books mentioned above. The AAC version of the podcast has been demarcated with chapter breaks so you can skip some (or, heck, all!) of the spoilers for those books. Presumably so you can come back later after you’ve read the books, right?
Tom Standage is the business editor of The Economist. He started his career as the Science and Technology Editor at the Guardian, and has written several books which merge popular science and history including Victorian Internet, The Neptune File and The Mechanical Turk and A History of the World in 6 Glasses.
His latest book is An Edible History of Humanity, an account of the key role food has played in our history.