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Marcus Banks writes about how the Internet shapes our world. Today many of us live our lives online, performing on a digital stage of our own devising. This reality shapes what we learn and discover, how we interact with others, and ultimately our understanding of our place in the world.

Banks believes that this understanding can be positive and expansive, or negative and small. Although there are many currents pushing toward hostile and hurtful uses of the web, we all have the power to choose a different path. Banks honors everyone who works to make the web a more thoughtful, civil, and compassionate place.

There are many online heroes. Take the scientists who make groundbreaking discoveries about the way humans learn to speak, and share that knowledge freely online. Or the librarians who ensure that people can determine the credibility of what they read or see. Or the scholars who make full use of the web’s gifts to better understand how our shared world works.

Banks chronicles these pioneers and others like them, as a way to reinforce productive and empathetic uses of the web. He is a journalist with many years of experience as an academic health sciences librarian. His writing has appeared in Nieman Storyboard, Superstition Review, American Libraries, the Fortnightly Review, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Banks is also the former technology reporter for the Gotham Gazette.

Banks has a BA (English) from Northwestern University, and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Dominican University. He asserts that baseball is the greatest game and cappuccino is the greatest beverage.

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