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Foggy Demands May Hurt Wall St. ‘Occupation’

Going into their third week on the streets, the protesters who make up Occupy Wall Street are gaining more and more attention from mainstream media. But with the new scrutiny rises an issue that the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times each touched on in features published this week: Protesters lack narrow, unifying demands.

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 READ MORE


Cyberspace Dunderheads

I’ve come down with a bad case of the shallows. That’s technology writer Nicholas Carr’s term—and the title of his new book—for the invisible, invidious impact of computers on the modern brain.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Are We Too Wired to Read?

With multiple gadgets and screens constantly running, and perhaps even a different sense of time than our forebears had, it’s no surprise that powering down long enough to curl up with a book is becoming an endangered activity—although, as David L. Ulin argues in the Los Angeles Times, it’s still a very vital contemplative practice to pursue.

Posted on Aug 13, 2009 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: Paying Homage Isn’t Plagiarism

Let’s cut authors like Ian McEwan a little slack and allow him to “sample” from other works in the same way that every other artist does.

Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


Study: Sex Cues Ruin Men’s Decisiveness

Men shown pictures of attractive women fared worse in financial games than men who hadn’t seen the pictures. The more testosterone a man had, the more his attention waned.
After 10,000 years of anecdotal evidence, did we really need a scientific study to verify this one?

Posted on Apr 21, 2006 READ MORE


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