Tag Archives: Internet

What Price Safety Over Privacy: A Slippery Slope Revisited

In 2012 I wrote a piece for the Huffington Post about what price do we pay for losing our privacy in the name of safety? The subject is still very pertinent today as it was when we were all discussing warrantless wiretapping by the Federal Bureau of Investigating (FBI).

I asked how much privacy are we willing to give up ensuring our safety against possible terrorist attacks?

Still not sure … Read the rest

How to Conduct Credible Secondary Research

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In case a definition is required, there is a difference between “primary” research and “secondary” research. In fact, the difference is critical when it comes to conducting research and using it as source material.

Primary research is new research. It involves conducting interviews, conducting surveys or first-hand observation. An easy example could be a newspaper article about an event when the subjects are interviewed for information … Read the rest

The Writer’s Quandary: We Are All in The Same Proverbial Boat

A writer is a writer is a writer, no matter what genre we practice. We all suffer the ups and downs with creativity, inspiration, and despair.
I say this with all confidence, although some may argue that literary fiction writers are different than those who are journalists, nonfiction authors, and freelancers.

Rubbish. We all have our great moments of inspiration or times when we can’t find the right word to … Read the rest

How to Conduct Compelling Journalistic Interviews

I was preparing to interview Tom Hayden for my book. He graciously agreed to meet me at his office in Los Angeles.

My interview had nothing to do with Hayden’s years at the University of Michigan when he was a student editor at the University of Michigan school paper, a founding member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1961, and one of the authors of the Port Huron … Read the rest

It Was Serendipity, Don’tcha Know How to Turn the Unexpected into a Creative Discovery

There was no other way to explain it, but that the results of Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of the X-ray was simply serendipity. But how to explain serendipity? Is it happenstance? A brilliant, unexpected discovery?

The word, serendipity, was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754. Walpole wrote to a friend that he had made an unexpected discovery and referenced it to a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip. In … Read the rest

History of the Internet


To be clear, the Internet is not the web. The Internet is the hardware that allows the Web, or what was called the World Wide Web, to exist. Picture the Web “sitting” on top of the Internet as a device used to share information through the wires, cables and tubes that connect people all over the world.
The birth of the Internet
The Internet was originally conceived as a way … Read the rest