Attention Economy – August 29, 2011

  • How we could cover storms « BuzzMachine 082711
    Jeff Jarvis: “On Twitter, I’ve been ridiculing the #stormporn in coverage of #Irene: the predictable and numbing repetition, alarmism, and idiocy that is TV. Of course, the storm is serious but the coverage is often laughable and, some would argue, a matter of crying wolf. The inefficiency of the coverage is also boggling: crews everywhere, all shooting the same wind and water, yet saying nothing new. But obviously, there are many new, more efficient, more informative, more level-headed ways to cover a storm such as this. It’s all only a link away. “
  • Hurricane Irene Streaking – YouTube
  • Naked Man Bravely Shows Penis to Irene, Weather Channel [NSFW] – New York News – Runnin’ Scared082711
    ​Hurricanes are no laughing matter. An example of this can be found after the jump. As you will see, Irene’s winds are capable of ripping a man’s shorts right off, exposing him to peak-viewership on the Weather Channel. The picture comes from Family Guy writer Artie Johann’s twitter feed and is definitely NSFW, although it is a Saturday and the entire Eastern seaboard is inside at home anyway. After the jump: Hurricane Irene’s first televised penis.
  • Farewell, NPR Family : Soapbox : NPR 032010
    NPR producer Davar Iran Ardalan : “I spent countless days and nights logging tape, listening back to interviews, editing sound files, being a skeptic, testing, experimenting, failing sometimes and getting right back up and trying again. From them I have learned to be a tenacious journalist and to listen for the mystery of a story. Eventually, no story for me was simple, it had to have an arch, a reason for being, a narrative, a sound portrait of that slice of life. “
  • Obama summer reading list leans toward fiction | Reuters 082011
    President Barack Obama, perhaps seeking a break from harsh reality after a tough summer battling the economy and Republicans in Congress, has picked a summer reading list that is long on fiction. The White House says four of the five books that Democrat Obama has to choose from during a nine-day family vacation here are novels. Obama’s reading list — like the criticism from Republicans for vacationing while the economy is stumbling — is a rite of the summer.
  • What’s Obama Reading? – Tevi Troy – National Review Online 082311
    Tevi Troy: “Assuming that Brave New World and Frost are for his daughters, this leaves six books that are presumably for presidential consumption, and they may constitute the oddest assortment of presidential reading material ever disclosed, for a number of reasons. First, five of the six are novels, and the near-absence of nonfiction sends the wrong message for any president, because it sets him up for the charge that he is out of touch with reality. “
  • Presidential Reading – On The Media 082611
    President Obama received criticism this week about the number of fiction books on his summer reading list. Some pundits argue that reading fiction makes him appear to be a political lightweight or “out of touch with reality.” President Theodore Roosevelt, however, was a voracious reader of all genres. Brooke spoke to his biographer, Edmund Morris, about the reading habits of the 26th president and how an appreciation of fiction is a sign of a rich mind.
  • Paul Krugman: Irregular Economics – NYTimes.com 082511
    the existence of business cycles is hardly a trivial feature of real economies. You can try to explain those cycles in terms of “regular economics” — that’s what real business cycle theory is all about — but that effort has been a dismal failure, even if the practitioners refuse to admit it. The desperate efforts to find something Obama has done that explains why the economy plunged are in effect a demonstration of the hollowness of that whole approach. But I want to add something more: why, exactly, are we supposed to have such faith in “regular economics”? What is the compelling evidence that the vision of a competitive, efficient economy allocating resources to the right uses is actually a good description of the world we live in?
  • Oscar Pistorius win 100m at Beijing Paralympics – YouTube
    Oscar Pistorius, the Blade Runner, win the gold medal at 100m (class T44) at the Beijing Paralympic Games 2008
  • BBC Sport – World Athletics 2011: Pistorius denies blades will give an advantage
    South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius tells BBC Radio 5 live’s Mark Pougatch that he is feeling “nervous” but insists he is ready to compete in the 400m at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu. Pistorius will become the first ever amputee to race at the highest level after shaving nearly half a second off his personal best to qualify for the Championships. The man known as ‘Blade Runner’ also insists his prosthetic limbs do not give him an unfair advantage over his able-bodied competitors.
  • The ghostwritten op-ed: an unacceptable deception | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk 082611
    Dan Gillmor: “Society has a blind spot about this practice – and applies a double standard. If we catch a student paying someone to write his or her paper for a class, or even if the actual writer does it for free, we give the student a failing grade. Or, in some cases (such as in a journalism school), we might well invite the student (and perhaps the collaborator, too, if it’s another student) to quit altogether. One school of thought says ghostwritten op-eds are a lot like speechwriter-written speeches. Since we all know that most famous people don’t write all their own lines for speeches, goes this defence of the practice, we should assume the same with a byline – whether on a book or an op-ed. It’s a tempting analogy, but wrong in a key way: a false byline is an outright, direct lie. And news organisations that run these pieces are encouraging dishonesty, which they compound, albeit with good motives, by helpfully editing often turgid prose to make it more compelling.
  • Major ISPs agree to “six strikes” copyright enforcement plan
    American Internet users, get ready for three strikes “six strikes.” Major US Internet providers—including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable—have just signed on to a voluntary agreement with the movie and music businesses to crack down on online copyright infringers. But they will protect subscriber privacy and they won’t filter or monitor their own networks for infringement. And after the sixth “strike,” you won’t necessarily be “out.” Much of the scheme mirrors what ISPs do now. It would be much easier to see “education” focus as a principled stand by content owners if they hadn’t spent years suing such end users, securing absurd multi-million dollar judgments in cases that they are still pursuing in court. As it is, the shift looks more like a pragmatic attempt to solve a real problem through less aggressive measures after the failure of scorched earth tactics.
  • Hurricane Irene | Page 2 | Liveblog live blogging | Reuters.com
  • The Environment Report: The Collapse of the Salmon Economy (Part One) 082311
    The Great Lakes are changing so fast that the agencies which manage fishing cannot keep up with the changes. Some types of fish populations are collapsing and others are thriving… at least for now. In a project between The Environment Report and Michigan Watch, Lester Graham has a series of reports on what’s happening and why. This first report looks at some of the history of fishing on the Great Lakes
  • The Environment Report: Big Returns for Subsidized Fish (Part 2) 082411
    Fishing in the Great Lakes wouldn’t be what it is today without stocking Pacific salmon in the lakes. But it costs a lot of money. Michigan fisheries managers say it’s worth every dime. In “The Collapse of the Salmon Economy,” a joint collaboration between The Environment Report and Michigan Watch, Lester Graham reports on the economic benefits of subsidizing salmon fishing in the Great Lakes:
  • The Environment Report: Collapse of Salmon in Lake Huron (Part 3) 082511
    The Environment Report in a collaborative project with Michigan Watch is looking at salmon fishing on the Great Lakes. Salmon fishing has meant a lot of tourism dollars for cities along the coasts. But, changes in Lake Huron have caused a collapse of salmon. In the final report of the series “The Collapse of the Salmon Economy,” Lester Graham looks at what happened and whether other lakes will lose their salmon.
  • Thanks, Steve [Jobs] | Felix Salmon 082411
    “Jobs took Xerox PARC’s ideas about what the personal computer could be and made them reality; he brought back Apple Computer from the brink of death to being the most valuable company in the world; he created a whole new class of electronic device, with the iPad; he even reinvented the telephone. And, of course, he’s still around, at least for the time being — he’ll stay on as Apple chairman (and, in one of the most touching parts of his resignation letter, as “Apple employee”). So thank you, Steve, for everything you’ve done. You’ve relieved me of more money than I care to mention in public, and I don’t begrudge you a cent of it. In fact, even with the massive run-up in Apple’s share price over these past years, I’ve always been convinced that the best use of $1,000 or so has always been to buy an Apple computer, rather than Apple stock. The extra productivity conferred by the machine, I’m convinced, will give you a much better return on your money than any equity.”

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