In the wake of Yahoo's Tumblr acquisition, the New York Times has a mini-profile of David Karp, the microblogging site's founder. We are informed, in no fewer than three places, of Karp's predilection for casual wear. "With an expected $250 million from the deal, Mr.
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt was always the "adult in the room." Now he's letting loose.
In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives By Steven Levy (Simon & Schuster, 423 pp., $26) The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry) By Siva Vaidhyanathan (University of California Press, 265 pp., $26.95) I. For cyber-optimists and cyber-pessimists alike, the advent of Google marks off two very distinct periods in Internet history. The optimists remember the age before Google as chaotic, inefficient, and disorganized.
We used to describe our country as a "great American melting pot," welcoming immigrants and the contribution diversity makes to our collective well-being. But these days it seems like more of us are disparaging immigration rather than celebrating it. Arizona has passed a tough anti-immigration law that could make life difficult even for legal immigrants. Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Jon Kyl have proposed revoking birthright citizenship--a move that would require amending the constitution. But what are the realities of immigration?
In 1949, a magazine called The Contemporary Jewish Record, now more or less Commentary, published an explosive essay called “Anti-Semitic Stereotypes in Zionism.” It was not at all an attack on Zionism. Instead, it proposed that the Jewish national revival would actually reverse certain character traits that had lodged in the people of the book and were keeping them from being active in their own history. The Jewish thinker who made this argument--a Zionist, in fact--was Yehezkel Kaufman, a specialist in many scholarly fields. Here’s a very dressed-down version of his case: 1.
Israel does not need the accolades of other dreamers.
The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies, and Nations By James Surowiecki (Doubleday, 296 pp., $24.95) In the summer of 2003, analysts at the Department of Defense had an unusual idea. To predict important events in the world, including terrorist attacks, they would create a kind of market in which ordinary people could actually place bets.