Friday, May 01, 2009

I had a bitter sweet dream (nightmarish dream) of all those May Marches under communist Czechoslovakia as a child and teenager ... And these days I face the strange Chinese culture in the Antipodean share market and almost at every newsagency on the corners of harder and harder to recognise Sydney

Google has been digitizing millions of books from major research libraries. What does this mean for the future of the book? Robert Darnton wonders... How can we navigate through the information landscape that is only beginning to come into view? Google & the Future of Books

You love Poe or you don’t, but, either way, Poe doesn’t love you. A writer who was more condescending to his adoring readers would be hard to find …
This is the scene right before the credits where the guy pushes the button and it blows up How do you measure success? Word of mouth? Online buzz? Or actual sales of books?
Where in the world is Matt Drudge? What Should I Cover in the Social Media Insider?
I am a big fan of tapping into social media, doing this user-generated thing, and maybe even crowdsourcing here and there.

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Vehix is using social media (Twitter & YouTube) to help people become better parallel parkers. ; [His website looks like it always did, but in his personal life, Matt Drudge is behaving more and more like the reclusive Howard Hughes Underground Man; When Shakespeare died he left neither books nor letters nor notes. This strikes Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens as more than a little odd Justice Stevens Renders an Opinion on Who Wrote Shakespeare's Plays ]
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• · · · ANDREW SULLIVAN: THINKING. OUT. LOUD. DAILY MEDIA DRAGON Just as Montaigne pioneered the modern essay form, Andrew Sullivan’s pithy, personal style is creating the modern blog.; We’ve burned our bridges - Goebbels said in 1943. We will either go down in history as the greatest statesmen of all time, or the greatest criminals Life and Death in the Third Reich
• · · · · The Elements of Style: for fifty years we’ve been fed this toxic mix of purism, atavism, and personal eccentricity that is not even grounded by a proper grasp of grammar 1958-2009 - Over 50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice; It was the young Benjamin Disraeli who coined the word millionaire in 1827 for the burgeoning class that had created the Industrial Revolution … How to handle class: whoever you meet, your dress and your bearing must convey the message, “I am freer and less terrified than you are A new status anxiety is infecting affluent hipdom
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