— Paul Woodward at War in Context, remarking on the article linked. How people are becoming the property of technology companies
— Mark Bou Mansour at Catch 21. From Benedict Anderson to Marshall McLuhan: Nationalism and How Memes Could Prevent World War 3
— Ethan Zuckerman at My Heart’s in Accra. New Media, New Civics? My Bellwether lecture at Oxford Internet Institute
— Jeff Jarvis on BuzzMachine. Some quick thoughts on Jeff Bezos’ purchase of the Washington Post
Ethan Zuckerman at My Heart’s in Accra. Surveillance, sousveillance and PRISM – an op-ed for Die Zeit
Article at Die Zeit
This is a weeks-overdue post to recommend that you check out Mike Spagat’s pieceon the myth that “economic sanctions aimed at Saddam Hussein and his regime killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children in the 1990s and early 2000s.”
William Saroyan. Seventy Thousand Assyrians.
I saw today that on Fox and Friends John Stossel said that no one starved during the Great Depression. When I saw mention of that quip I immediately thought of Saroyan’s story, in particular a boy about 16 in the story Saroyan calls Iowa. I read this story when I was about 14 or 15, so it was a bit surprising to find out of the recesses of my brain that it encapsulates my impression of the Depression.
I was an awful student. As lackadaisical as I was, it’s rather amazing to look back to realise how much was offered me. In senior high school I read Richard Hofstadter’s The American Political Tradition, or at least parts of it. And memories of that reading 40 years later leave me with respect for Hoover, but also visceral sense for the enormity of the Depression.
— T. F. Charlton at Religion Dispatches. Why Jason Collins’ Faith is Ignored… And Tebow’s Isn’t
— Ethan Zuckerman at My Heart’s in Accra. Harper High School, and finding solutions to complex problems
— Rick Prelinger at Contents Magazine. On the Virtues of Preexisting Material
- “Notice the people who are happy for your happiness, and sad for your sadness. They’re the ones who deserve special places in your heart.”
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