Scanning brains for evidence of politics

April 20, 2004
By tom

From the New York Times: He lay inside an M.R.I. machine, watching commercials playing on the inside of his goggles as neuroscientists from the University of California, Los Angeles, measured the blood flow in his brain. Instead of asking the subject, John Graham, a Democratic voter, what he thought of the use of Sept....

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Outsourcing and brain drain

April 20, 2004
By tom

It’s OK when we lure the best and the brightest away from their homelands, but it sucks when their homelands lure them back. The problem is not the inevitable transfer of certain business functions to where they can most efficiently be performed, but the migration of the entrepreneurs and experienced workers who create the...

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Why we do this, part #134

April 20, 2004
By tom

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, who says there’s never been a famine in a country with a free press, describes the connections between a free press and a just society. The first – and perhaps the most elementary – connection concerns the direct contribution of free speech in general and of press freedom in particular...

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USA Today discovers Iraqi bloggers

April 20, 2004
By tom

Here’s the scoop. What’s interesting to me about the Iraqi bloggers is not their actions, but their audience — judging from the comments at the blogs I’ve seen, the readers are mostly Americans desperate to be told what they want to hear; a smaller but perhaps noisier group consists of people angry that the...

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Required reading for newsies

April 20, 2004
By tom

William Greider on our inability to remember. The war in Iraq is different from Vietnam in one fundamental respect: A substantial portion of Americans (and others around the world) were in the streets protesting this venture before the shooting started. The media generally dismissed them and often caricatured the protesters as aging hippies on...

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When pictures become news

April 19, 2004
By tom

Newsdesigner shows the Seattle Times Sunday front page. I’m guessing it took the editors at the Times about three thousandths of a second to decide on their lead art. The objective description: some people in an airplane’s cargo hold tend to a bunch of boxes decorated by American flags. No drama, no emotion, no...

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Tim Porter posts, at long last

April 19, 2004
By tom

He’s been away for a few weeks … today he weighed in on why management is so crappy at so many newspapers. I have become increasingly convinced in the last few months, however – persuaded by interviews with dozens of editors, reporters and heads of journalism training organizations for a couple of projects I...

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Have a Danish on us

April 19, 2004
By tom

Turns out Denmark is the Web-savviest of all nations, and the U.S. of A. isn’t even in the top five. Must be their porn is better than ours. Link via editorsweblog.

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Mark Cuban on the stock market

April 19, 2004
By tom

The owner of the Dallas Mavericks talks about how things are really done on Wall Street. Must reading for market dabblers. Link via Trader Mike, owner of one of the best stock market blogs going.

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For all you dial-up users

April 19, 2004
By tom

The New York Times says you have lots of company. Up to now, the market for high-speed connections has been dominated by the young, educated, affluent and tech-savvy. In some circles, it is considered not just functional, but an essential bit of modernity, like knowing what happened on “The Sopranos” or that Diesel refers...

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Way overdue link paybacks

April 18, 2004
By tom

Haven’t done this since January so it’s time to point out all the good, friendly people who link to these friendly environs. PJ Net — Blog of the Public Journalism Network. Shake the Cat — “pardon me, but there’s a bear in your hot tub.” Tinsley Spice — Santa Cruz, Ca., group blog. Suburban...

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Damn these danglers to hell

April 17, 2004
By tom

How to identify a dangling modifier: Held at the Dupont Circle town house of Peter Bergen, the CNN terrorism expert, the party’s heavily mediacentric guest list included Michael Isikoff of Newsweek; a former Clinton mouthpiece, Joe Lockhart; the political blogger Mickey Kaus; and a former Howard Dean spokeswoman, Tricia Enright. The verb has to...

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Follicle follies

April 17, 2004
By tom

Side Salad points to a wonderful pageful of famous examples of Major League facial hair.

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Don’t burn the flag: Wash it

April 17, 2004
By tom

Sheila Lennon links to an example of peaceniks getting smart. Burning the flag makes the flag-wavers foam at the mouth but how on earth could they object to people cleansing it?

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This is a hoot

April 17, 2004
By tom

A skateboarding bulldog. Be sure to check out the video (in Windows Media format). Link via Susan Mernit

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