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Editorial: The End of The Messageboard Era

Walker Evans and Anne Evans Walker Evans and Anne Evans Editorial: The End of The Messageboard Era

As of today, the messageboard/forums at Columbus Underground are going offline. The reasons for closing the messageboard are multiple and complex, and the decision to shutter them was not an easy one to make. Fifteen years ago, when Columbus Underground launched in 2001, the messageboard was a primary component of our website, and quickly became […]

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NEXT: The Return of the Luddites

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Return of the Luddites

It has been a while since we’ve seen any real Luddites. I know we often use the term a lot today, but I don’t think we use it properly. Anyone who professes not to like technology, or who doesn’t seem to have the latest upgrade, or who is an old timer and pines for the […]

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Niccolò Machiavelli’s Advice on Parenting

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Niccolò Machiavelli’s Advice on Parenting

Readers may or may not know that I moonlight as a semi-professional philosopher. While classical philosophical discussions about undead cats and bat-life might seem a little other-worldly, Niccolo Machiavelli’s (1469-1527) advice on parenting has always seemed right down to earth. And so, in anticipation of today’s parental holiday, some words of encouragement: On Modus Operandi […]

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Editorial: A Reintroduction to Columbus Underground

Walker Evans and Anne Evans Walker Evans and Anne Evans Editorial: A Reintroduction to Columbus Underground

As Columbus Underground celebrates its fifteenth year in 2016, we thought it would be a good time to reintroduce ourselves to the community. Not only has Columbus changed drastically over the past decade and a half, but so has Columbus Underground, as well as its mission and purpose. Without diving too deep into the history, […]

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Next: Does Privacy have a future?

David Staley David Staley Next: Does Privacy have a future?

Dave Eggers’ novel The Circle describes a near-term future where the desire for privacy marks one as a sociopath. In the world Eggers describes, ubiquitous cameras, social media and other surveillance technologies mean that every action is observable by everyone on earth. Initially, wearable cameras that record a person’s every action are placed around politician’s necks, […]

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Opinion: Columbus Needs to Commit to Age-Friendly Communities

Michael Stinziano Michael Stinziano Opinion: Columbus Needs to Commit to Age-Friendly Communities

In addition to the 2 million current residents confirmed by the Census Bureau last Thursday, Columbus is projected to grow by more than 500,000 people over the next 30 years, largely in the age group 65 and older. As we look around the community that we’ve grown into, and the large number of young professional […]

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Opinion: A New Vision For Columbus

Christine Happel Christine Happel Opinion: A New Vision For Columbus

Columbus is a city of possibilities. Our city is skyrocketing in popularity. It is increasingly recognized as a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. There is so much creative capital in Columbus leading to new solutions. We are a city on the rise. But as the arts, culture and amenities are […]

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