“In 2007, Ketchum successfully lobbied Time magazine to name Putin its “Person of the Year,” according to U.S. Justice Department lobbying disclosure filings that show repeated meetings between Ketchum representatives and Time staffers.”—
Two days ago, The New Yorker’s Daily Comment blog published an essay by Michael Specter titled “What Young Gay Men Don’t Know About Aids,” in which Specter points to the increase of “unprotected anal intercourse among gay men,” claims that “the rates of HIV infection will surely follow,” and…
“What began as a great American experiment in democracy has evolved into an oligarchy of corporations whose sole interest is their own profit. America needs to follow the model set by the rest of the developed world and put “public” back into the mix.”—Eugene Danker on Opinion: Public universities should be free (via aljazeeraamerica)
At some point time in their lifetimes, more than 50 percent of Americans will spend a year in poverty or near poverty, according to new research by Washington University in St. Louis professor Mark Rank. In other words, poverty is more mainstream than you might think, experienced by a majority of Americans. And counter to the stereotype of the poor, most of them have worked extensively.
We’re launching a new series, #TheOtherAmerica, exploring the stories of people in America who try to play by the rules, work hard and raise their families, but still have trouble making ends meet. Tell us your story.
I’ll be sharing your stories, and what we’re learning from them, on air and online as the series continues. Find out more.
“Let us not kid ourselves,” Professor Vladimir Nabokov reminds us. “Let us remember that literature is of no practical value whatsoever. … ” But practical value isn’t the only kind of value. Ours is a mixed economy, with the gift economy of the arts existing (if not exactly flourishing) within the inhospitable conditions of a market economy, like the fragile black market in human decency that keeps civilization going despite the pitiless dictates of self-interest.”—Tim Krieder, Slaves of the Internet Unite! (via christmasgorilla)
Sitting right next to Nelson’s Column, the giant Surface dwarfs all the other historic statues at Trafalgar Square. Microsoft built the structure in around 12 hours, and it’s 27 feet wide and 17 feet high, making it a roughly 383-inch display. A purple Type Cover 2 has been recreated, with keys that feed back to a Surface Pro 2 nearby.
There is a word for this. Surprisingly, that word is not “desperate”, it’s “tacky”.
Considering that everyone on Under the Dome seems to use Window’s Phones and Surface, I wish this stunt had been under a dome. Cross promotion of product placement would make this the ultimate George Saunders satire come to life.
To be launched to the public in the next few months, the channel aims to engage a passionate online generation in new forms of storytelling.
Commenting, Yaser Bishr, Al Jazeera’s Executive Director for Strategy and Development, said:
“News consumption habits are changing. Al Jazeera, through this channel, demonstrates a commitment to innovation by creating a new digital destination for journalism. Its content will grab attention, captivate, and empower global conversations.”
The channel is currently referred to internally as AJ+. Speaking at MIPCOM in Cannes, Al Jazeera’s Innovation and Incubation Manager Moeed Ahmad said:
“Guido Barilla, president of the family-owned Barilla pasta company, said in a radio interview on Wednesday that his company only supports ‘the traditional family’ and that LGBT people ‘can go eat someone else’s pasta.’”—
The cranky customers are acting, the study concludes, as “self-appointed brand managers.” To put it another way, they are venting. The review forum gives them a simple and direct means of doing so: I hated this product, so listen to me.
As Mr. Simester put it in an interview: “Your best friends are your worst critics.” The study mentions in passing that Harley-Davidson’s customers were upset when the company introduced a perfume. They took it personally. The same phenomenon seems to be operating here and, perhaps, all over the Web, distorting the review process in a way never imagined.
When I first starting seeing “bad” bad reviews show up on Amazon, I dismissed them as the rantings of idiots (“I didn’t like the UPS guy who delivered this so I gave this product one star.”) but then I started finding forum posts by people admitting to leaving reviews on Amazon and Yelp for products they didn’t own (both positive and negative) because it gave them a sense of agency.
I have no idea how many of those people are out there but I find them fascinating.