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Department of Deja Vu
Current and planned U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, laid alongside the buildup in Vietnam, 1960-1965.
AOL’s Assembly Line
AOL’s new high-tech method of mass-producing news and other online content raises some interesting questions.
When Artists Dry Up
Samuel Johnson wrote less as he grew older, a fact that vexed his friends. One night in 1766 they ganged up on him and asked why he’d fallen silent.
The death of uncool
It’s odd to think back on the time—not so long ago—when there were distinct stylistic trends, such as “this season’s colour” or “abstract expressionism” or “psychedelic music.” It seems we don’t think like that any more. There are just too many styles around, and they keep mutating too fast to assume that kind of dominance.
The Future of TV
We’ll be ordering up our own video, ads and products on a Web convergence device. But who will reap the revenue?
Afghanistan: Our 177th Colony
During a televised football game Sunday, an announcer welcomed the members of the U.S. military viewing the game in 177 nations around the world. When the news came on, the topic was the same one it’s been for weeks, speculation as to whether and how much a single individual will escalate war by sending tens of thousands of additional troops to nation number 177, Afghanistan.
Avi Shlaim burst upon the scene of Middle Eastern history in 1988, with the publication of “Collusion Across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist Movement, and the Partition of Palestine.”