After a one-hundred-and-fifty year hiatus during which the person-to-person aspect of media was overshadowed by centralised mass media operating on a broadcast model, the pendulum has swung back. Social forms of media based on sharing, copying, and personal recommendation, which prevailed for centuries, have been dramatically reborn, supercharged by the Internet
— from Tom Standage’s book, Writing on the Wall. An interesting read.
Rather, our reasoning becomes rationalizing when we’re dealing with questions where the answers could threaten our tribe — or at least our social standing in our tribe.
— How politics makes us stupid, by Ezra Klein, via Vox
It allows you to go deeper into the truth. You are not constrained by the facts, you can put anything down and you can take chances and try and find ways of articulating what people know to be true but present it in a fresh way.
— Peter Matthiessen on the possibilities of fiction, via a 2002 profile in the Guardian
Two interesting recent stories:
iiNet attacks the ‘fallacy’ of metadata and mandatory data retention, via PM with Mark Colvin
Tanya Plibersek: we would give spies more tools to fight domestic terror, via the Guardian