Glad you asked. It’s a UN organization that very soon will decide if the global internet is in need of some good old fashioned censorship, regulation, bandwidth throttling and lowered expectations of privacy and free speech.
We defeated PIPA and SOPA last year, now we must encourage our own government to carry out our wishes internationally. Other foreign [...]
Non-writing related, however if H.R. 3261 does pass, it will most certainly effect the way you consume your media, books included.
While the Stop Online Piracy Act sounds like it might be a good thing, it really isn’t. It puts the ability to censor websites and their content in the hands of major corporations and the enforcement of such in the hands of third-party ISP’s, completely foregoing legal due-process for any who might be targeted. [...]
I’m gonna continue my recent posts theme of reposting Grantland articles. This is fast becoming one of my favorite websites. on the 60th anniversary of the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” Rafe Bartholomew interviews Don DeLillo.
I love what Don says in regards to a question posed, Is writing a lot like sports?
When the work is [...]
Can’t make sense of the NFL or NBA lockout situations or their implications? You’re not alone. Hard caps. TV revenues. Guaranteed money. These are hardly the battle cries of a typical labor dispute.
Well, maybe that’s because pro sports franchises really aren’t you’re typical business. In fact Malcolm Gladwell argues: they aren’t really businesses at [...]
This might be old news to some of you, but I just heard about this today. Apparently Levi’s has managed to marry Bukowski’s “The Laughing Heart” with a sixty second “film” — aka commercial designed to sell you cool. It’s playing on the pre-roll in theaters all over.
I love Levi’s. I only rock them. [...]
i love frequent Atlantic contributor Sandra Tsing Loh. She has the uncanny ability to nail, succinctly, the slices of the pie that make up our culture. This is from her “Classed Dismissed” [...]
Right now I’m reading a double economic doozy, Raj Patel’s “The Value of Nothing” and David Walker’s “Comeback America.” For all our pomp, wealth and ego we’ve allowed our leaders to guide us into an economic minefield…and they don’t have a map or the brains to get us out. [...]
Hit the jump to see the good doctor, Raj Patel author of two best selling, hard hitting, socially conscious [...]
As the deadline for the Google Book Settlement opt out, as negotiated by the Author’s Guild, nears, all authors need to be aware of their (lack of) rights regarding this settlement. In my opinion, this is a terrible deal for authors and artists in general as it had not punished Google for illegally copying books and gives them license in to future to continue doing so. [...]
The great Satan is at it again. While deftly not admitting any fault and or problems with its clunky proprietary e-reading system, Kindle, Amazon has acquired Stanza, a mobile e-reader which I use and recommend. [...]