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The new Facebook wall is a bookshelf

A House to Look Smart In
The most interesting part of this article is the lack of an ironic and mocking tone. If I wrote that article it would read “look at these status-obsessed weirdos who buy books by the foot that they’ll never read.” And most other articles about the books-by-the-foot industry do exactly that.
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Sex, Fries, and Status Posts

Google “Food Sex Facebook“, and it starts getting scientific around hit #5. Everybody’s hot and bothered by a study that tried to check how much undergraduates like to talk about themselves. Result? “…humans so willingly self-disclose because doing so represents an event with intrinsic value, in the same way as with primary rewards such as food&#133 Read the rest

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Blogger Live-Tweets Her Mammogram, Learns She Has Cancer

Boing-Boing.net blogger and internet “celebrity” Xeni Jardin went to get her first mammogram, and live-tweeted the experience to her thousands of followers. At the end of her doctor’s visit, she learned she may have cancer.

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If Sexual Content is Invading Our Youth, Who Are the Invaders?

According to columnist “Chuck Norris” of Townhall.com :

MTV’s reality shows “Jersey Shore” and “16 and Pregnant” are only the beginnings of a television tidal wave of explicitly sexual content that is invading the hearts and minds of America’s youth.

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Facebook, Forever 21, and the Hidden Hypocrisies of Capitalism

Rob Horning of the always-awesome blog Marginal Utility has an essay at n+1 connecting the trends in fast-fashion retailers like Forever 21 to indentity formation on social media websites on the one hand and to perpetual uncertainty in labor markets throughout the world.

They have changed fashion from a garment making to an information business, optimizing their

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Is a National Strategic Narrative an Idea Whose Time Has Passed?

A narrative is a story. A national strategic narrative must be a story that all Americans can understand and identify with in their own lives. America’s national story has always see-sawed between exceptionalism and universalism. We think that we are an exceptional nation, but a core part of that exceptionalism is a commitment to universal values – to the

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An Unaccelerated Grimace: The Transformative Power of Narratives of Reality

An article in The Nation questions whether the internet really is a transformative force for the betterment of mankind as claimed by cyber-utopianists like Clay Shirky in his recent books Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus.  The utopian view is that the internet frees us from the passive time sink of television thereby allowing people to spend their&#133 Read the rest

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