Social Media Update: Quitting Facebook, or, Maybe Quitters Do Win

There is a cottage media industry out there that writes endlessly about social networking.  Some pieces from this corner are skippable, others are culturally noteworthy.  As with the Twitter usage post from last week, this NYT feature on people quitting Facebook, entitled “Facebook Exodus,” is worth a read. Apparently, lots of folks are leaving Facebook, [Read More...]

Democracy Fights for its Life: Profile of Hamid Karzai

Elizabeth Rubin of the New York Times magazine has an engrossing story on Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai that is worth reading.  Here’s the intro paragraph: On a sunny June morning in Kabul, I sat among hundreds of turbaned men from Afghanistan’s Helmand and Kandahar provinces in a chandeliered wedding hall where they had gathered for [Read More...]

Parents Rethinking Parenting, and Other Partially Encouraging Developments

Found this material interesting on modern parenting: “But in the past few months, a second wave has taken hold — writers are moving past merely venting and are trying to gather the like-minded into a new movement. Carl Honoré is one. He calls it “slow parenting” — no more rushing around physically and metaphorically, no [Read More...]

The Link 5.29.09: Mat Kearney’s Music, Bill Clinton’s Life, and Marley (and Me)

1. Musician Mat Kearney has a new album out, City of Black and White.  Upon hearing the incredible first single, “Closer to Love”, I immediately downloaded the whole thing.  It’s well worth the price.  Kearney, a self-identified Christian, has made a stirring, inspiring album.  For those of us who have been following him for several [Read More...]

Newsflash: Modern Women Are Unhappy

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat has just penned a provocative piece called “Liberated and Unhappy” that briefly analyzes a new study entitled “The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness” by economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers. Here’s what Douthat says about the study: “[T]he achievements of the feminist era may have delivered women to greater [Read More...]

Atheists in the Lowcountry

From a story published today in the NYT: “It’s not about carrying banners or protesting,” said Herb Silverman, a math professor at the College of Charleston who founded the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry, which has about 150 members on the coast of the Carolinas. “The most important thing is coming out of the closet.” [Read More...]

Pickup Basketball, Ethical Fabrics, and the “Larry Bird” Moment

My erstwhile blog partner Stanley Fish has just written a post called “My Life on the Court” for the NYT on how much he loves basketball.  I found it quite enjoyable, and you might too, especially if you enjoy pickup basketball. Fish’s love affair with basketball: “I have been playing basketball since I was seven [Read More...]

The Danger of Identifying with Ambient Culture

From a provocative piece on President Obama called “Showered with Praise” from The Weekly Standard: “Obama is the candidate for those who believe that the New York Times Book Review defines civilization, and Obama will be their revenge. He is Metro, not Retro. He is not from Texas, and doesn’t talk southern. He does not [Read More...]

What Masculine Provision Looks Like: From Six Figures to Cleaning Urinals

This from a sobering story on the downturn from the NYT called “Forced from Executive Pay to Hourly Wage” by Michael Luo that follows a former six-figure executive in his daily work: “Some unemployed professionals said they decided not to seek even part-time work because it might interfere with their job searches. But Mr. Cooper [Read More...]


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