• An excellent proposal for the future of social networking, from Miles Klee ’07:

    The Problems: Software cannot compensate for multivalence of human language or extract opinion from complex syntax. User-provided information insufficient to form 100% accurate/effective ad mosaic. Social networking still dominated by non-commercial data, i.e., quotidian/creative user content.

    With Miles’ plan, we can finally extinguish non-commercial content.

  • Steve O’Grady ’97 has a good post on the commodification of journalism and the future of news:

    Reporting as the art of regurgitating the traditional who, what, where and when’s demise probably began with the rise of TV, maybe even the radio. Today, everybody knows everything. Fast.[…]

    What everybody doesn’t know, however, is what it means. What’s the significance? What’s the context? And so on. I honestly could care less who was first had the news that the healthcare bill had passed, but I’ll put a premium on someone with the ability to put the enormous bill in context, whether that’s for me or in the historical sense.

    Context is king.

  • Ariel Ramchandani is looking forward to civet-poop coffee becoming trendy.
  • Stephen Rose ’58 optimistically thinks that the venting season may be over.
  • Peter Nunns ’08 on the conceptual and political impossibility of the term “slums”
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