______________________________________________ John Fraim I long for the times when Walter Cronkite used to tell America each night “And that’s the way it is.” I was a young kid in those days of the 50s living in LA and watching Walter on the small black television console with my parents. Life was simple in those years. […]

The Global Freedom Foundation

(A chapter in a story) John Fraim It was raining hard in the Bay Area the day he finished teaching his class in computer science at Stanford and drove down to the headquarters of the Global Freedom Foundation in Los Gatos. It was in a building that was modern in the mid-90s but needed a […]


John Fraim John Fraim The Censorship Arms Race Internet censorship by authoritarian governments prohibits free and open access to information for millions of people around the world. Attempts to evade such censorship have turned into a continually escalating race to keep up with ever-changing, increasingly sophisticated internet censorship. Censoring regimes have had the advantage in […]


Oakstone Academy is Westerville, Ohio is the leading high school in central Ohio for the acceptance of children who are on the autism spectrum. This event was put on by LettuceWork a non-profit organization committed to finding work for autistic adults. I’m proud to have been a board member of LettuceWork for six years. _______________ […]

The Anxiety of Freedom

_________________________________________________ John Fraim  Freedom is a modern phenomenon with little presence in ancient periods of history. While many positive things are related to the idea of freedom, it has also brought about a modern phenomenon of isolation and loneliness never experienced before. The politics of freedom has been discussed by many, the inner psychology of […]

Escape from Freedom

“Can freedom become a burden, too heavy for man to bear, something he tries to escape from?” Erich Fromm / Escape from Freedom The pursuit of freedom has indelibly marked Western culture since Renaissance humanism and Protestantism began the fight for individualism and self-determination. This freedom, however, can make people feel unmoored, and is often accompanied […]


John Fraim Around 2008, I was making a documentary film on the Columbus jazz legend Gene Walker. Gene grew up near the legendary Long Street jazz community of the 40s and 50s and was greatly influenced by this area of Columbus. I had decided to do a documentary on Gene and this area of Columbus […]


The Traditional Idea of Thanksgiving Has Become a Modern Battle of Symbols John Fraim _____________________________________________________________________ I’ve been studying and writing about the world of symbols and symbolism most of my life. It’s interesting that I’ve found that people of the West focus on symbols, those objects throughout history that have been catalogued in so many […]

Final Spin

“Willink tells his story in quick blasts of haiku-like writing with dialogue reminiscent of early David Mamet. Told with a gritty simplicity.” Publishers Weekly, November 2021 “A crackerjack thriller … Timeless.” Booklist, November 2021 It’s unusual to begin a review of this brilliant new novella from Jocko Willink with a quote from Marshall McLuhan in […]

Aerial Play

DRONE MEDIUM, MOBILITY, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE Drones have become a ubiquitous new technology. While their effect in commercial contexts such as surveys and filmmaking are well understood, their effect on consumers has hardly been studied. Now, the first book to explore this by one of our leading media ecologists, professor Julia Hildebrand. See our review […]