The evangelists of unplugging might just have another agenda
In yet another sign that the new age lingo of the 1960s is still very much with us, “mindfulness” has become the new “sustainability”: No one quite knows what it is, but everyone seems to be for it.
The previous ban was ineffective, so liberals shouldn't insist upon it.
New York’s last romantic gets his own magazine.
Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live By Jeff Jarvis (Simon & Schuster, 263 pp., $26.99) In 1975, Malcolm Bradbury published The History Man, a piercing satire of the narcissistic pseudo-intellectualism of modern academia. The novel recounts a year in the life of the young radical sociologist Howard Kirk—“a theoretician of sociability”—who is working on a book called The Defeat of Privacy.
[Guest post by Isaac Chotiner] In an excellent interview from Sunday's New York Times Magazine, Andrew Goldman has this exchange with Arianna Huffington: You’ve been saying recently that The Huffington Post is not a lefty publication? Actually I’ve been saying that for three years. The tag line that we’ve used a lot is “Beyond left and right.” Three years ago was 2008. I looked at The Huffington Post a great deal during the election. It felt like the Internet version of Keith Olbermann’s show, and if that’s not lefty. . . . Why don’t you be more specific?
In recent weeks, Google has indicated that it is revising its search algorithm in order to punish so-called "scrapers" and "content farms"—websites that, respectively, steal articles from other publications and write absurdly banal articles built around common search terms, thereby gobbling up traffic. For anyone who cares about the future of writing and reporting, this was certainly good news. But Google's improvements appeared to be aimed fairly narrowly at the most egregious offenders, sites that no one thinks of as legitimate publications, like Associated Content and eHow.
Dana Milbank has a column about Arianna Huffington's deal with AOL, which requires her to ideologically reinvent herself -- again!
Steve Clemons, with whom I worked at the New America Foundation in 1999, has some advice for President Obama: Set up a Team B with diverse political and national security observers like Tom Daschle, John Podesta, Brent Scowcroft, Arianna Huffington, Fareed Zakaria, Katrina vanden Heuvel, John Harris, James Fallows, Chuck Hagel, Strobe Talbott, James Baker, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and others to give you a no-nonsense picture of what is going on. That seems, ah, problematic. The only two people who could actually be useful here, Daschle and Podesta, already sit in the outer-advice circle.
Arianna Huffington recently gave a speech about the future of journalism, and in the speech she took some shots at Rupert Murdoch. According to Huffington, Murdoch loves to criticize news aggregators, while at the same time operating a number of news aggregators himself. Huffington claims that her site, The Huffington Post, has plenty of original new content, while Murdoch owns a number of sites that purely aggregate and steal. Here is Huffington: 1. The Wall Street Journal has a tech section that's nothing more than a parasite -- uh, I mean, aggregator -- of outside content. 2.