Andrew Jones

Digital Comfort Food

Rather than write another commentary on a recent event, or a critique on some new internet privacy issue, I’ve decided to write about a recent “shower thought” that I had a few days ago. It was triggered by a Buzzfeed headline I saw as I’d skimmed through my Facebook timeline:…

Free* Internet

I read an interesting opinion piece on Wired earlier today regarding Facebook’s “Internet.org,” an ambitious program aimed at connecting millions of off-the-grid individuals to the Internet in ways that could only be dreamed of a decade ago. At face value, it’s an incredible opportunity to provide the incalculable benefits of…

Wazed and Confused

A few weeks ago, I decided to download a Google-owned navigation app called Waze. I’d heard a lot about it from friends, and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it out. Coincidentally, I went on a trip to Delaware last week and I was able to put it to…

White Noise

As I hunkered down and prepared for the snowstorm that passed through Richmond last night, I decided to head over to a few of my favorite websites to save some articles for offline use in case I was to lose power. Fortunately my apartment complex managed to stay on the…

Hide and Seek

Last Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron sat with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. to discuss a number of topics, including the recent attacks in France and the need to beef up anti-terrorism tactics. Okay, cool. That’s a topic that should be discussed. What else was said and discussed…

“I Read the News Today, Oh Boy…”

Before I got on my flight to Houston yesterday I opened up my laptop and skimmed Facebook. In their “Trending” section at the top of the page, I saw that a high school student had made approximately $70 million off the stock market by trading during his lunch breaks. “Hmm,…

Every Breath You Take

In the wake of the Ferguson debacle, there has been an outpouring of support in favor of on-duty officers wearing body cameras. It makes sense: in the realm of proof and evidence, video/audio is usually a game changer. To many people, the only the only folks that would be adversely…

An Ode to the Tangible

Despite my status as a “postgraduate researcher,” I had never experienced microfilm until this afternoon. For those who don’t know, microfilm is a form of document preservation similar to photo negatives. The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration argues that microfilm is “a low-cost, reliable, long-term, standardized image storage medium”…

Overhyped and Underwhelming

Do me a favor and think back to the year 2001. The Time Magazine “Person of the Year” was Rudy Giuliani. Lifehouse, Train, Matchbox Twenty, and Lenny Kravitz took four of the first 10 spots on the Billboard Top 100 List (one of the last times that so many rock-ish…