Noam Cohen

American journalist

Noam Cohen is a journalist and columnist for The New York Times. He has covered subjects including business and technology.

Noam Cohen at Wikimania 2009


Challenges of Covering the Wikimedia Community, Wikimania 2009 (August 28, 2009)
  • If someone today had the Pentagon Papers, or the modern equivalent, would he still go to the press, as Daniel Ellsberg did nearly 40 years ago, and wait for the documents to be analyzed and published? Or would that person simply post them online immediately?
  • Never before has the boundary between geek culture and mainstream culture been so porous.
  • An engineering degree is also no longer a requisite to using technology, as seemingly anyone today can install a printer or upload a video. Similarly, another signifier of nerd status — knowing obscure facts about favorite subjects — has also lost its currency.
  • From gadgets to social networks to video games, the decision not to embrace the newest technology is a choice to be out of the mainstream.
  • As a fresh wave of Ebola fear grips the American public, the Internet is rife with conspiracy theories, supposed miracle cures and Twitter posts of dread. But amid the fear mongering are several influential sites that are sticking to the facts about Ebola. Millions have come to rely on these sites, including those run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and Wikipedia.

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