Greetings reddit: This is David Carr. Here is my proof that I exist and it is me. As a reporter and columnist with the attention span of a water bug, I have covered old and new media, the Oscars,Kings of Leon, Katrina, Rupert Murdoch, Neil Young, Wikileaks and Ethan Hawke.
His daughter works for Vice now. Oh, the irony.
More! And more weirdly. Snapchat is huge, and Facebook might have an old-people problem.
Ok, this is seriously interesting.
There has been much discussion surrounding the cover of the new David Bowie album The Next Day so thought I would answer a few questions that people have asked about it.
Our view is that it is a priori reasonable to expect that strengthening self-defense law would deter crime, we find this is not the case. More significantly, results indicate that castle doctrine laws increase total homicides by around 8 percent. Put differently, the laws induce an additional 600 homicides per year across the 21 states in our sample that enacted castle doctrine.
Well, how about that?
In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy made a promise to put a man on the Moon—and return him back safely—by the end of the decade. Somehow, it worked.
Truly amazing photos.
V&A senior curator and architecture critic kieran long first sparked speculation back in august that rem koolhaas might become the venice architecture biennale’s next director. now, after months of circulating in the rumor mill, the biennale organization has confirmed that the founder of OMA will in fact be heading the next international architecture exhibition.
It has been four long winters since the federal government, in the hulking, shaven-skulled, Alien Nation-esque form of then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, committed $700 billion in taxpayer money to rescue Wall Street from its own chicanery and greed. To listen to the bankers and their allies in Washington tell it, you’d think the bailout was the best thing to hit the American economy since the invention of the assembly line. Not only did it prevent another Great Depression, we’ve been told, but the money has all been paid back, and the government even made a profit. No harm, no foul – right?
Excellent piece (as usual) by Matt Taibbi. Horrifying.
You should probably skip this if you’re afraid of heights.
Today is the 30th birthday of the modern-day Internet. Five years ago we marked the occasion with a doodle. This year we invited Vint Cerf to tell the story. Vint is widely regarded as one of the fathers of the Internet for his contributions to shaping the Internet’s architecture, including co-designing the TCP/IP protocol. Today he works with Google to promote and protect the Internet.
According to Vint Cerf the modern internet turns 30 today, so happy birthday to you (and all of us).
At last we come to politics, where I believe Lanier has been most farsighted—and which may be the deep source of his turning into a digital Le Carré figure. As far back as the turn of the century, he singled out one standout aspect of the new web culture—the acceptance, the welcoming of anonymous commenters on websites—as a danger to political discourse and the polity itself. At the time, this objection seemed a bit extreme. But he saw anonymity as a poison seed. The way it didn’t hide, but, in fact, brandished the ugliness of human nature beneath the anonymous screen-name masks. An enabling and foreshadowing of mob rule, not a growth of democracy, but an accretion of tribalism.
The most interesting read I’ve seen in a while although the headline is a bit speculative, and Laniers The Fate of Power and the Future of Dignity will be what everyone is reading when it arrives in January 2014 (date according to Amazon).
Oh, this is so good.