New York Times sued over’s linking practice

In this CNET article, GateHouse Media object on the grounds of copyright infringement because the NYT uses the headline and first sentence, but their real gripe is that it links directly to the article, not to the front page, and they are losing advertising revenue. The NYT should link the articles to the front page […]

How the Internet affects our future

Salon discusses the Internet and the two poles of “Google is making us stupid” and “the Internet will liberate humanity.” In “A Brief History of Everything”, Ken Wilber resurrected Arthur Koestler’s holons: autonomous structures that are themselves part of a larger structure, for instance, cells within our body.  We ourselves are part of the larger […]

How a bank robber makes bail

Suppose I robbed a bank of $1 million (they don’t usually carry that much cash, but I raided the safe deposit boxes, too.)  Later that same day, I reaped as much at another bank.  I repeated that every day, all my life, until — oops! — I got caught. Think I’d be able to make […]

Race in America

There has been much comment that this was a post-racial election.  Yes and no.  Look at the electoral shifts since 2004.  A broad swath across the center of the country voted MORE Republican than in 2004, and I can see no reason for this other than racism.  The good news is that it is only […]

The emergence of a collective conversation

This election is like no other, and here’s why: it’s a populist election for the first time.  What has created that is technology: the internet, video cameras, easy video editing, YouTube and social networking sites like Digg.  In all previous elections, what people thought was filtered through the media; to get your voice heard, you […]

Get your Grammar Right

What is it with Republicans that they have such difficulty with grammar?  Here’s Palin: I know that John McCain will do that and I, as his vice president, families we are blessed with that vote of the American people and are elected to serve and are sworn in on January 20, that will be our […]

McCain’s fatal mistake?

It’s looking more and more as if McCain’s V.P. pick had almost zero research behind it: “According to this Republican, who would discuss internal campaign strategizing only on condition of anonymity, the McCain team used little more than a Google Internet search as part of a rushed effort to review Palin’s potential pitfalls. Just over […]

Apparently Iraq wasn’t a “serious crisis”

In the Washington Post, McCain called the Georgia invasion “the first probably serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War.” So the US must have invaded Iraq despite it’s not being a serious crisis.  I guess 9/11 wasn’t a serious crisis either.

Jon Stewart the Newsman

“Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America?” asks the NYTimes: “they’ve done so in ways that straight news programs cannot: speaking truth to power in blunt, sometimes profane language” “Jon Stewart [is] as substantive as network news” Indiana University. “The Colbert Report and The Daily Show are notable for having relatively well-informed audiences […]