Monthly Archives: November 2004

WEEKEND READING PART II

More essential reads from the past week. The Politics of Victimization — Mel Gilles (via Mathew Gross via Jon Husband) reminds us that it’s OK to walk away from bullies and perpetrators of brutality of every kind. You’re not going … Continue reading

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WEEKEND READING PART I

So much wonderful reading in the past week that I’ve broken it into two installments (the second will be tomorrow). Mysterious Deaths — Journalist Ken Layne weaves a fascinating tale, enough to make a conspiracy theorist of the most skeptical … Continue reading

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WHY YOU CAN’T JAM THE CULTURE

You’re doing your best. You are trying to live a life of Radical Simplicity. You boycott companies that are socially and environmentally irresponsible. Like Doc Searls and other progressive thinkers (including me), you like the culture-jamming philosophy of irreverant anti-corporatists … Continue reading

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AFGHANISTAN UNVEILED

Speaking of investigative journalism — last night I watched the PBS special Afghanistan Unveiled, part of the series The Independent Lens. The program was produced by the first generation of Afghani women journalists, most of them young women from wealthy … Continue reading

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HOW TO BE A BIOTERRORIST

Doesn’t it seem strange to you that we’re seeing all this gnashing of teeth over whether Iran — an oil-rich state — is or is not developing, or hiding, nuclear weapons capability, while at the same time: Osama bin Laden … Continue reading

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ANOTHER UPDATE ON CASSIE STROMER

I‘ve written a couple of times about Cassie Stromer, the Virginia woman profiled in a New Yorker article by Susan Sheehan. Cassie, after years of working until her health gave out, is no longer able to pay her $58/month Medicare … Continue reading

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REINVENTING THE NEWS, PUTTING BLOGGERS TO WORK

A few years ago I gave a speech to a conference of Canadian media executives at which I told them that within a decade no one would pay for ‘factual’ news anymore. The audience was not impressed. They were rubbing … Continue reading

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A MILLION GUYS IN PAJAMAS: AN HOMAGE TO READERS

Recently I’ve been beating myself up, and beating up everyone else, for spending too much time reading, writing, thinking, rationalizing, and conversing with like minds, and not enough time actually doing anything. Meanwhile, the mainstream press has started a new … Continue reading

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TAPPING THE WISDOM OF CROWDS: AN INTEGRATED MODEL

For the last few weeks I’ve been bouncing ideas on how to implement the principles in James Surowiecki’s book The Wisdom of Crowds off a variety of people in the public and private spheres. I think I’ve finally got a … Continue reading

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SURVIVING TRAUMA

Malcolm Gladwell loves wading into complex and controversial subjects. In the November 8 New Yorker he writes an article called Getting Over It, on the subject of surviving trauma. He uses the success of the protagonist in the 1955 novel … Continue reading

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