5.23.2010 New York Times Digest

1. “The Death of the Open Web”

“People who find the Web distasteful — ugly, uncivilized — have nonetheless been forced to live there: it’s the place to go for jobs, resources, services, social life, the future. But now, with the purchase of an iPhone or an iPad, there’s a way out, an orderly suburb that lets you sample the Web’s opportunities without having to mix with the riffraff. This suburb is defined by apps from the glittering App Store: neat, cute homes far from the Web city center, out in pristine Applecrest Estates. In the migration of dissenters from the ‘open’ Web to pricey and secluded apps, we’re witnessing urban decentralization, suburbanization and the online equivalent of white flight.”

2. “Families’ Every Fuss, Archived and Analyzed”

“More than 70 social scientists gathered to bring to a close one of the most unusual, and oddly voyeuristic, anthropological studies ever conceived.”

3. “Golf, Business and Meatloaf”

“I do not drink coffee. I’ve never had a cup of coffee or a glass of alcohol in my life. I never liked it. I never liked the caffeine thing. I really don’t need anything to wake up.”

4. “A Guide to Complaints That Get Results”

“Techniques and stratagems for prevailing in consumer disputes.”

5. “Revisiting Main St., Rethinking the Myth”

“I find most of Exile good, but not great. (That era of Stones music, fantastic. The album, not so much.) I can’t see it as a masterpiece, not only because I distrust the idea of masterpieces, but because I especially don’t want one from the Stones, who make songs and albums like birds’ nests — collaborative tangles with delicate internal balances — and have a history of great triage work, assembling bits and pieces recorded over a long period. But Exile remains the preference of the most judicious Stones fans. Why? What is its essence?”

6. “A Fresh Look Back at Right Now”

“Time travel is part of the special allure of movies, and Breathless, precisely because it so effortlessly, so breathlessly, captures the rhythms of its time and place, erases the distance between the now and then.”

8. “Science vs. Zealots, 1,500 Years Ago”

“‘The hot topic these days is Islamic fundamentalism,’ Ms. Weisz said recently over tea at an East Village restaurant near her home. ‘But in Agora, it’s the Christians who are the fundamentalists’ whose zealotry leads them to destroy one of the libraries of Alexandria, perhaps the greatest center of learning in the ancient world.”

9. “A Gamer’s World, but a Dramatist’s Sensibility”

“Everybody these days is talking about transmedia, but Jordan is the first guy to actually do it.”

One response to “5.23.2010 New York Times Digest

  1. 1. My new iphone has literally changed my outlook on life…everything is so easy and connected right there…it’s humbling and it also means I can’t be as dramatic about “felt distances” ;)

    3. I am embracing a gentle addiction to caffeine.

    6. Just a side note: Time travel with regards to thoughts and personal expression is actually trendy right now. Also Nouvelle Vague is an amazing group with really awesome songs to dance to.

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