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.
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.
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.
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.
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?