Jon Lebkowsky: Democracy in the Dark with Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert and “Democracy in the Dark” My first impression of Roger Ebert, many years ago when he was doing the Siskel/Ebert weekly dustup, was that he was a smart guy whose intelligence was undermined by platform – the half hour run-through of the week’s films was always rushed, his written work was better. Little …

Jon Lebkowsky: Bruce Sterling on Robots and Humanity

Robots and Humanity   My favorite-so-far Bruce Sterling post in the State of the World conversation: “Following on from John Payne’s comments in <76>, are the robots coming for our jobs? Is a certain amount of unemployment going to end up as part of the system and, if so, what happens next?” *It’s so interesting …

Jon Lebkowsky: Guns and Homicide in the USA

Guns in America, a Statistical Look Violent crime rates have been falling in recent years, but the number of people killed by firearms in the United States remains high.  According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, between 2006 and 2010 47,856 people were murdered in the U.S. by firearms, more than twice as many as …