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Drunk on Media iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, September 12th, 2016.

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Drunk on Media iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, September 12th, 2016.

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Briefs

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

“Even The Beatles have sort of faded for this generation, but Billy hasn’t. Billy’s still cranking,” observes cover band leader Mike DelGuidice. Billy Joel is outearning the likes of U2 and Adele.

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

“Yesterday we had a fight about whether I’d been dismissive about him saying his feelings had been hurt by my dismissing his feelings during a previous fight…” From the amusing but very dark Narcissism: a reflection by Laura Kipnis in Spiked.

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Fast, clear, cogent, respectful, dominating — what a performance Hugh Hewitt recently gave on Charlie Rose. He even asked Charlie a couple of times what he thinks, and it quickly became two chummy top media guys sharing ideas, not a mainstream media star interviewing a right-wing kook.

Hewitt managed to work in his career in government — which was all very long ago — and the very many people he knows, but without the name-dropping being the point of his responses. He called Charlie Charlie often enough that Charlie finally called him Hugh. “Great to have you,” Charlie ended it. “Good [ie, maybe not so great] to be here,” the response.

I listen pretty regularly to The Hugh Hewitt Show and it would be nice if we could get this fast-talking, super-smart, reasonable and sophisticated guy instead of the dumbed-down base-cultivating borderline bully we sometimes get on his home turf.

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Smart liberal reporters are probably inclined to think that smart liberal experts are right when they say things the smart liberal reporters already agree with.

Jonah Goldberg, The Goldberg File, January 27, 2017

 

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Headlines say 2016 hottest year ever. Yes, 0.01°C hotter than 2015. But working from statistics that claim a margin of error of 0.1°C! Ah, truthiness.

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Thank you, Evelyn Gordon, for providing some clarity for those now afar over why so many Israelis are supporting Elor Azaria, convicted of manslaughter for killing subdued terrorist Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif.

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

“The press takes [Trump] literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.’ Salena Zito in this September 23 article in The Atlantic. What a thing.

Also Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit by Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept.

And What I learned after 100,000 miles on the road talking to Trump supporters by Chris Arnade in The Guardian.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The illusion that we understand the past fosters overconfidence in our ability to predict the future.

Daniel Kahneman

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Is the agenda actually pernicious or is it just pernicious that there’s an agenda?

ASK

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

It’s been a couple of days since reading “What’s Next in Computing?” by Chris Dixon and I’m still harking back to it. It’s kind of made me a quasi-believer in the Singularity, made me think that these are the final handful of years in which there’ll be some continuity with what has always been. Disconcerting.

Friday, February 5th, 2016

We must never forget that PBS aired Are You Being Served as a public service.

ASK

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Looking for a way in to a responsive refresh, and because Engaging has a paid-up account at cloud.typography.com, I switched the main font at my personal site adamkhan.net from Georgia to Archer. However, this AIGA article, “Is Archer’s Use on Target?”, points to the font’s role in our larger socio-economic situation, and that I’m about 7 years behind the curve. There are also the Archer Alert and Archer Beat blogs. Turns out it’s everywhere, from US postal stamps to One Direction albums. Nonetheless I feel slightly redeemed by the conclusion at “The Devil Uses Archer”.

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

A story and video of a young reporter kind of blown away, so to speak, by some new VR porn demoed at CES. [Via DrudgeReport]

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Anaclitic

relating to or characterized by a strong emotional dependence on another or others

Solipsistic ads are another way television ends up pointing at itself, keeping the viewer’s relation to his furniture at once alienated and anaclitic.

David Foster Wallace, “E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction”

Otiose

serving no practical purpose or result.

What explains the pointlessness of most published TV criticism is that television has become immune to charges that it lacks any meaningful connection to the world outside it. It’s not that charges of nonconnection have become untrue. It’s that any such connection has become otiose.

David Foster Wallace, “E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction”

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Not only isn’t the Israel Broadcasting Association listing the names of the child fatalities from the Gaza bombings but refusing to let B’Tselem pay for an ad doing so. And the Attorney General has upheld the decision. This seems to me a mistake. We must fully own these deeds.

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Surely the definitive article about internet wunderkind Aaron Swartz. Only eating white or yellow food seems a glaring sign that not everything there was quite right.

Monday, November 5th, 2012

James Bond and the Jews in The Forward. While the article itself is unfortunately flimsy — I could have done better myself — there’s some knowledgeable discussion in the comments.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Re Facebook, “Mark Zuckerberg is to uselessness what Henry Ford was to the automobile.”

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

On the rise of the ebook and how it’s just another step in the increasing convenience of distributing a written work, just as books typeset on paper are.

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Nice review of Scorsese’s documentary on George Harrison, Living in the Material World. “Scorsese is making a film about something that matters, but never quite succeeds in conveying that.” Here’s Variety’s smarter review.

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Both the BBC and Fox news web sites have recently been redesigned, with the BBC losing its looks and Fox getting neat and serious.

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Typical UK-based coverage: Jewish settlements have “eaten vast tracts” of a “only a sliver of occupied land”. How does this work?

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

On second thoughts, let’s not go to Camelot, said Captain Kirk. It is a silly place.

Monday, April 5th, 2010

It makes increasingly less sense even to talk about a publishing industry, because the core problem publishing solves—the incredible difficulty, complexity, and expense of making something available to the public—has stopped being a problem.

Clay Shirky

Video surveying Magazines on the iPad such as Time, GQ, PopSci. Is this any improvement over my Firefox? What I want an iPad for is games and maybe books, not magazines.

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

More and more of OpinionJournal goes behind the paywall. Personally I think it’s the right move, because what’s there to lose? If we won’t pay, the business was over anyway. And my bet is we will.

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

This video of a tablet mockup makes me horny at last for a tablet computer. I’m excited for tomorrow’s Apple announcement. Guess I’ll be standing in line to buy one as well.

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Wow, everyone’s gonna be reading this one. Michael Kinsley demolishes the desiccated style endemic to big media reporting.

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Web giants Zeldman and Dean Allen go head-to-head regarding the end of favrd (see Allen’s statement in the comments).

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Climategate so far.
Just how close were we to catastrophe at Copenhagen?

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

With technology, our relationship to culture becomes less like a long-distance romance and more like marriage.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Fred Barnes seems to be growing consistently to the right of Charles Krauthammer in this transcript of their reactions on Fox News’ Special Report to the first Obama/Netanyahu meeting.

 
 

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