Posts Tagged ‘inaugurations’
Hooray for Friday, hooray for everything.
* The Daily Show nicely nailed the hypocrisy inherent to the Republican position on the stimulus debate last night.
* Scandal at 1600: it turns out the practice of disrespecting the Oval Office by not wearing a jacket inside it—heroically revealed by former chief of staff Andrew Card just this week—goes back decades.
* They’ve remixed the audiobook versions of Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope. The real scandal is that it took this long for someone to think to do it.
* And will Vermont towns finally get their chance to arrest Cheney? Oh, please yes.
* Michael Bérubé just took the GRE Literature in English subject test again. And lived to tell about it.
* Rethinking plagiarism? Sorry, but this isn’t that hard. Students know exactly what they’re doing when they plagiarize. Turn them over to Judicial Affairs and don’t think twice.
* Joe the Plumber is now advising the GOP. WTFRepublicans?
* The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertberg was not impressed with Obama’s first inaugural. More shocking still is the unabashed anti-Hindu prejudice expressed in a demand that they be listed last in the litany of religious belief, even after hated atheists. Via Edge of the American West.
Link dump #3, mother of all link dumps.
* Austen gets a much-needed updating: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
* The Massachusetts lottery: if you’ve got $10,000+ to burn, it turns out it could actually be a good bet.
* A zoomable map of the Moon from a 1969 National Geographic. Simply irresistible.
* Rethinking your opposition to nuclear power? Rethink again. I’ve been working on a piece for the Indy on nuclear power in North Carolina that covers some of these themes. Via Steve Benen.
More links because if there’s one thing I hate it’s getting done the things I planned to get done.
* Huge gigapixel panorama of the inauguration, with very close zoom.
* The Obameter tracks 500 of Obama’s campaign promises.
(both of those via Cynical-C)
* Obama reminds Republicans that he actually won the election and that in fact they have no credibility at all. Also, that Rush Limbaugh is a tool.
* And Time considers the future of the publishing biz.
So if the economic and technological changes of the 18th century gave rise to the modern novel, what’s the 21st century giving us? Well, we’ve gone from industrialized printing to electronic replication so cheap, fast and easy, it greases the skids of literary production to the point of frictionlessness. From a modern capitalist marketplace, we’ve moved to a postmodern, postcapitalist bazaar where money is increasingly optional. And in place of a newly minted literate middle class, we now have a global audience of billions, with a literacy rate of 82% and rising.
Put these pieces together, and the picture begins to resolve itself: more books, written and read by more people, often for little or no money, circulating in a wild diversity of forms, both physical and electronic, far outside the charmed circle of New York City’s entrenched publishing culture. Old Publishing is stately, quality-controlled and relatively expensive. New Publishing is cheap, promiscuous and unconstrained by paper, money or institutional taste. If Old Publishing is, say, a tidy, well-maintained orchard, New Publishing is a riotous jungle: vast and trackless and chaotic, full of exquisite orchids and undiscovered treasures and a hell of a lot of noxious weeds.
The Big Picture comes through with its inevitable, much-needed dose of inauguration porn.