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The Internet can help the grass roots grow—or lay down astroturf. False climates of opinion can be built up through new media.

Jihadi brides: Don’t overlook how new media market cruelty as well as porn Some women were captivated by beheading videos.

Librarian: The Internet doesn’t harm the good student, but it make the poor student worse
Students confuse “available” with “helpful”

When the bookstore closes, do the lights go out on culture?
In one case, the atmosphere suddenly electrified.

Are libraries just too unCool to survive in an Internet age?
We can’t discard what libraries do.

The Silicon Rift Valley—the deep social divides
Silicon Valley itself is, overall, a highly unequal society.

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