David Rosen

David Rosen is a writer and business-development consultant. As a writer, he critically explores American history, public policy, media technology, and sexuality. He is the author of three books and, since 2006, has published nearly 200 articles in a wide variety of outlets.  Professionally, he served on the management teams taking public two media-tech startups and been a consultant to many for-profit companies, nonprofit organizations, and independent entrepreneurs and media makers. 

In addition, Mr. Rosen was convener and executive producer of “Digital Independence: A Forum on Creativity, Technology and Democracy,” a multiyear conference supported by the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, among others. 

He served on the boards of directors of the Independent Television Service (ITVS/PBS, Treasurer), Film Arts Foundation, National Video Resources, MoMA Video Collection. He was a featured presenter at MIT’s 2013 Media-in-Transition conference, addressing the opening plenary panel, “Oversharing,” on digital media and privacy, and presented a talk, “Sexting & the Pornographic Imagination.”

Book Reviews by David Rosen

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A half century ago, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously declared in Jacobellis v.

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Yes, the 1990s was oh-so naughty, and David Friend has a grand time telling this romp of a tale in his new book, The Naughty Nineties.

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Historians, like archeologists, play an invaluable role uncovering all-but-forgotten people of the past, thus helping provide a better picture of the present.

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Do you own a dildo—or its modern cousin, a vibrator—and, if so, when was the last time you used it? If you don’t, why not? 

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“a great resource, but sadly, offers little understanding of how modern 20th century political culture was forged and the role radical women and men played in this critical development.”

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“The book is a roadmap to where the ‘immoral’ crosses the line to the ‘illegal,’ a boundary not fixed, but a terrain of social struggle that shifts over time.”

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New York is a different city in 2017 than it was in 1975.

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Geoffrey Stone’s Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century is one of the most importa

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Brian Donovan’s newest study, Respectability on Trial: Sex Crimes in New York City, 1900–1918, is an invaluable addition to the ever-growing library of scholarly works on the history of Go

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Jules Dassin’s classic film noir of New York, The Naked City, was released in 1948.