12.19.10 New York Times Digest

1. “So Much for Reinventing Ourselves Online”

“As digital identities become increasingly persistent across the Web, is it still possible to reinvent oneself online?”

2. “The Words of the Year”

“There are buzzwords and there are great words. (Retweet.)”

3. “Is Going to an Elite College Worth the Cost?”

“If someone had been accepted at an elite college, but chose to go to a more pedestrian one, would his earnings over the long term be the same?”

4. “The Cinematic State of Things”

“The discussion of movies is frequently more interesting than the movies themselves.”

5. “The Revolution Is Being Shot on Digital Video”

“No longer used only as an inexpensive substitute for film, as a vehicle for special effects or as an aesthetic frontier for industry outsiders like David Lynch, digital has gone so mainstream it’s doubtful that most moviegoers, critics included, see it when it’s right in front of their eyes.”

6. “Motivators of 2010: Technology and Greed”

“The fault, dear Snooki, is not in our technology. But in ourselves.”

7. “Greene, With Curiosity”

“Intelligence is the ability to take in information from the world and to find patterns in that information that allow you to organize your perceptions and understand the external world.”

8. “The Year in Ideas: The 10th Anniversary Special”

“Twitter’s daily feed challenges some of the conventions of social science. Those old methods of fact-gathering — finding a small population for study, applying for a grant and then spending years doing observations or surveys — can seem quaint by comparison.”

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