I have never understood why so many academic books have abstract, irrelevant pieces of artwork on their covers, when it would not be difficult to add a photograph or sketch related to the topic of the book.
This book, for example – The Cultures Of Work Organizations, by Harrison Truce and Janice Beyer – [...]
Debbie Schlussel on Pete Seeger’s death:
It’s yet more proof of Billy Joel’s trademark song, “Only the Good Die Young,” as Pete Seeger is dead at age 94…. The only surprise for me about this stale refugee from the folk/hippie/yippie crowd is that he did not convert to Islam. He was definitely a halal granola [...]
Theory: SEO is our generation’s K-Tel Records.
This afternoon, I ran across an online business called Semalt. It’s got a web analytics tool that harnesses the power of the idea that being online is now a real drag. “Website is no longer fun!” – this is really what Semalt tells its potential customers – on [...]
This is an advertisement for wine…
and the Super Bowl is a way to encourage physical fitness…
and Lady Gaga has legitimate concerns that publishers aren’t allowing her to display her natural beauty…
and The Hunger Games provides an important critique of the way that our culture treats violence as a form of entertainment…
Over at TreeHugger, they’ve published an article celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earthrise, a photograph of the Earth from the Moon that, the article claims, is “the iconic photo that created the modern environmental movement”.
Maybe I’m out of the loop of the modern environmental movement, but I’ve never thought of my environmentalism as motivated [...]
“WRITERS – when Hemingway was stuck, he didn’t put the kettle on. He tried to write, ‘one true line.’ It works. Write one true line.”
This advice came from an account called Adland this morning on Twitter, where there is only room for one true line – and a thin line at that.
I was [...]
Newspapers are letting loose with a series of giddy articles reporting that dogs prefer to align themselves along a magnetic field when they urinate and defecate. The newspaper articles leave out some details from the research paper (read it here):
In the initial analysis of all data as planned by the researchers, no alignment of [...]
Just before Christmas 2013 the world found out that RSA, the corporation making millions selling its software to provide security through encryption, had taken millions more in money from the U.S. military’s National Security Agency in order to build a “backdoor” so that the NSA could break any RSA-based encryption to spy on the communications [...]
How to build a hype:
1. Read a Bureau of Justice Statistics Report, which finds that:
6.7% of U.S. adults were on the receiving end of “identity theft” last year, but this definition includes “attempted misuse” that was unsuccessful, and the most common way adults found out about such activity was to be contacted by [...]