Is it time to remodel Stonehenge? Is M. Night Shyamalan’s latest movie a whitewash? Will the U.S. and China ever go to war? Answers to these questions and more on today’s list.
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Echoes of Charlie Chan: Asian characters whitewashed by Shyamalan
The Super Bowl commercial for M. Night Shyamalan’s movie “The Last Airbender” passed with hardly a ripple. The ad-agency guys live-blogging for the Wall Street Journal didn’t even mention it; the editors at FoxSports.com of MSN mostly commented on Shyamalan’s past flops. ...
What’s an E-book worth?
The question of whether e-book prices should be significantly lower than their print analogs has become a fundamental divide in a simmering dispute between book publishers and the 800-pound-gorilla that is Amazon.com. In part the issue is about consumer choices but like the other digitization wars which preceded it — and continue — in music, television, film and even news, it’s also about ensuring that a creative industry survives.
I don’t mean to say I told you so, but ...
Probably the most controversial claim in my work with John Mearsheimer on the Israel lobby is our argument that it played a key role in the decision to invade Iraq in 2003.