9.11.2011 New York Times Digest


1. “So Many Gadgets, So Many Aches”

“As people harness their bodies to use more electronic devices in more places, they may unknowingly be putting themselves at a greater risk of injury.”

2. “Rich Tax Breaks Bolster Makers of Video Games”

“Video game developers receive such a rich assortment of incentives that even oil companies have questioned why the government should subsidize such a mature and profitable industry whose main contribution is to create amusing and sometimes antisocial entertainment.”

3. “Court Case Asks if ‘Big Brother’ Is Spelled GPS”

“A person who knows all of another’s travel can deduce whether he is a weekly churchgoer, a heavy drinker, a regular at the gym, an unfaithful husband, an outpatient receiving medical treatment, an associate of particular individuals or political groups — and not just one such fact about a person, but all such facts.”

4. “No More Desk Potatoes?”

“The familiar and expensive format — host, monologue, band, couch, guests — so durable for more than 50 years, is threatened by oversaturation and technological revolution at the same time.”

5. “The Cult of Physicality”

“‘No’ is a complete sentence. I don’t need to give a reason.”

6. “Authentic? Get Real”

“Authenticity seems to be the value of the moment, rolling off the tongues of politicians, celebrities, Web gurus, college admissions advisers, reality television stars.”

7. “Where Fashion Gazes at Itself”

“Formerly a pileup of profanity-laced teenage ramblings and partly expressed emotions, at least to an outsider’s eye, Tumblr has become an image-driven platform of importance to fashion photographers — like Terry Richardson (who uses it mostly as a diary) — brands and bloggers, who have made it an integral part of their online lives.”

8. “A Relic of the ’70s Still Inspires”

“I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen.”

9. “On Campus, It’s One Big Commercial”

“What is happening on campuses today is without rival, in terms of commercializing everyday college life.”

10. “In Case You Wondered, a Real Human Wrote This Column”

“Will ‘robot journalists’ replace flesh-and-blood journalists in newsrooms?”

11. “Download: Christian Louboutin”

“I don’t follow anything online. I am rather slow on that side.”

12. “The Trouble With Homework”

“How effectively do children’s after-school assignments advance learning?”

13. “The Biographer’s New Best Friend”

“Newspapers are often described as the ‘first draft of history,’ and thanks to these new tools, biographers can tap them in ways that an earlier generation of scholars could only have dreamed of.”

14. “Christopher Hitchens, a Man of His Words”

“His range is extraordinary, both in breadth and in altitude. He is as self-­confident on the politics of Lebanon as on the ontology of the Harry Potter books. He can pivot from the court of Henry VIII to the Baader-Meinhof gang, then stoop to the question of whether fellatio is the quintessentially American sex act. He reviews the Ten Commandments, offering some thoughtful revisions. He wages war against euphemism — most vividly by having himself subjected to water­boarding, so that he can report with authority that it is not an ‘enhanced interrogation’ technique but unquestionably ‘torture.’”

15. “Whisker Rebellion”

“The shaggy hipster thing is wearing really thin. It’s the age of the man once again. Dudes are turning to quality.”

16. “Profile in Style: Scott Sternberg”

“That’s such a magazine question.”

17. “Mr. Rodgers’s Neighborhood”

“If destiny is biology, then I was born to be a musician.”

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