Anthony J. Pennings, PhD

WRITINGS ON DIGITAL STRATEGIES, ICT ECONOMICS, AND GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS

Korea in a Post Covid-19 World, Part 2: Merging Digital and Green New Deals

I’ve been lucky enough to ride out most of the Covid-19 epidemic here in the Republic of Korea. It meant I sadly couldn’t go back to my home in Austin, TX since March 2020, but I’ve been safe and relatively free to travel and shop, even if I have to wear a mask everywhere I […]

The Two Santa Claus Theory of Economic Growth and the Prospects of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)

Intentional deficit spending is not strictly a Democratic agenda. Republicans pushed related ideas with the Two Santa Claus Theory: deficit spending and tax cuts for the rich. Written in March 1976, by Wall Street Journal editorial writer, Jude Wanniski stressed that for economy to be healthy, US politics should have a division of labor between Democrats and Republicans.

Korea in a Post-Covid-19 World, Part 1: The Korean New Deal

The New Deal term has circulated extensively in the wake of the concerns about climate change and more recently in thinking about a COVID-19 epidemic.

Starlink and the Return of Satellite Internet Service

In this post, I look at a new satellite system being put into place by Elon Musk and his SpaceX operations and how it can reach remote locations traditionally underserved by Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

The International Politics of Domain Name Governance, Part Two: ICANN and the Clinton-Gore Administration

The Clinton-Gore administration saw the Internet as a major opportunity but also a historically tricky infrastructure to manage, including complications with other countries.

Russia and the Era of Pan-Capitalism

This post briefly discusses the breakup of the USSR and the globalization of digital capitalism.

The International Politics of Domain Name Governance, Part One: The Czar

An ongoing global concern deals with the control and management of the World Wide Web’s Domain Name System (DNS). The basic issue is whether the address you put into your browser connects to the right computer and retrieves the right information.

Oliver Stone’s Platoon: Jesus Christ Superstar vs. the Marlboro Man

In Oliver Stone’s award-winning film, Platoon (1986), Charlie Sheen plays Chris Taylor, a “coming of age” infantry soldier trying to reconcile his identity between the influences of two sergeants in his US Army platoon. I refer to these two men and the contrasting themes they represent as “Jesus Christ Superstar” vs. “the Marlboro Man.”

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    Professor at State University of New York (SUNY) Korea since 2016. Moved to Austin, Texas in August 2012 to join the Digital Media Management program at St. Edwards University. Spent the previous decade on the faculty at New York University teaching and researching information systems, digital economics, and strategic communications.

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