Things That Don't Suck
, Some Notes on The Stand
I recently reread The Stand for no particular reason other than I felt like it. I'm honestly not sure how many time[s] I've read it at this point, more than three, less than a half dozen (though I can clearly remember my first visit to that horrifyingly stripped bare world as I can remember the first reading of all the truly great King stories). It's not my favorite of King's work, but it is arguably his most richly and completely imagined. It truly is the American Lord of The Rings, with the concerns of England (Pastorialism vs. Industrialism, Germany's tendency to try and blow it up every thirty years or so) replaced by those of America (Religion, the omnipresent struggle between our liberal and libertarian ideals, our fear of and dependence on the military, racial and gender tension) and given harrowing size.
I'm happy to say that The Stand holds up well past the bounds of nostalgia and revisiting the world and these characters was as pleasurable as ever. But you can't step in the same river twice, even when you're revisiting a favorite book. Even if the river hasn't changed you have. This isn't meant as any kind of comprehensive essay on The Stand. Just a couple of things I noticed upon dipping my toes in the river this time.
[Spoiler alert: assume everything, from the link above to those below, contains SPOILERS.] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome
on Aug 19, 2014 -
If you follow the usual crop of technology news sites, you will have read yesterday morning that Google had apparently acquired a little-known WiFi hotspot company for $400 million. This story spread with the help of the most popular (and most reputable) sites, like TechCrunch
, The Verge
, The Next Web
, and others. Only one small detail: the story wasn't actually true. [more inside]
posted by nickheer
on Nov 27, 2012 -
Much has been made
of the ethics of bloggers who receive compensation -- usually in the form of demo units and trial versions of products -- in exchange for reviewing those products, often with the implicit understanding that the review is a positive one. These questions prompted an FTC investigation, and last fall the agency revised their formal guidelines
governing endorsements and testimonials to include bloggers or other "word-of-mouth" marketers. The Interactive Agency Bureau maintains that the guidelines are unconstitutional, and is calling for the FTC to rescind the rules as they apply to bloggers and other online outlets
. The latest casualty? An intern at TechCrunch asked for a MacBook Air in exchange for a post. In the wake of this revelation, TechCrunch fired the intern and issued a formal apology
. To his credit, the intern has posted his own mea culpa
posted by shiu mai baby
on Feb 5, 2010 -
Getting smart about personal technology.
NYTimes publishes Sonia Zjawinski's assertion that other peoples' images on Flickr are probably OK to download, blow up and use to decorate her house: And if you’re wondering about copyright issues (after all, these aren’t my photos), the photos are being used by me for my own, private, noncommercial use. I’m not selling these things and not charging admission to my apartment, so I think I’m in the clear. [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur
on Jun 26, 2009 -
asked everyone on his blogroll to pick what they considered their best post of 07-- ...There are posts on politics by liberals, conservatives and moderates, posts on movies, music, television, books, economics, health care, science, sports, religion and history, personal stories and slices of life, poetry, prose, pictures and video. Some are very funny, some are quite serious, some will make you angry and some will make you say "Huh?" ...
posted by amberglow
on Dec 28, 2007 -
Brazilian Blogger Bashing!
The respected Brazilian newspaper Estadao
decided to promote its new online presence by jokingly producing a series of ads
with obvious misfits and asking such questions as "Is this the guy giving you dating advice?" and a video
(youtube) comparing bloggers to monkeys. Bloggers are outraged
"Why would you read a newspaper that compares bloggers to monkeys?". In today's newspaper
, Estadao offers no apology but instead dryly recounts the facts. Meanwhile, the resulting controversy, with thousands of blogs weighing in, has driven a lot of traffic to their new site.
posted by vacapinta
on Aug 21, 2007 -
People of the Web
--very well done short video profiles of interesting people online. Mike Rogers of blogactive
is on the front page now. Links to previous profiles are on the right, including Kirk Cameron, Caleb Shikles, Sherman Austin, and Josh Wolf.
posted by amberglow
on Jun 1, 2007 -
Malaysian bookstore Silverfish Books recently pubhlished a list of books restricted by the Malaysian Home Ministry
(confiscated at the border by Customs) - a list that includes Chinese teapots
, children's prayers
, and Dora the Explorer
. Banned books & magazines aren't exactly news
in Malaysia; indeed, possession of said books can lead to severe penalties, even jail time
.The Opposition has made a statement
before, but that hasn't led anywhere. However, since Silverfish's list, Malaysian bloggers have had enough with the arbitrary and Kafka-esque bans and restrictions, and have come together to form Manuscripts Don't Burn
, to protest and talk about banned books and the larger issue of freedom of speech in Malaysia.
posted by divabat
on Nov 7, 2006 -
PM of Malaysia: Those who spread untruths on the Net will be detained
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia, warned all bloggers that "if information in blogs, websites and online portals were incorrect, bordered on slander, caused disturbance or compelled the public to lose faith in the nation’s economic policies, their authors would be detained for investigation". The Malaysian government is even considering adjusting the Printing Presses and Publications Act^
to include blogs and online media.
This comes hot on the heels of a government-ordered media blackout
on Article 11
, a coalition of NGOs dedicated to upholding the principles of Article 11 of the Malaysian constitution, about freedom of religion, after several protests
claiming Article 11 to be anti-Muslim and confusing it with the now-defunct Interfaith Comission Initiative
, which aimed to be a body of people of different faiths raising awareness about diversity of religion and working together on religious issues.
Minister of Energy, Water, and Communications Dr Lim Keng Yaik said that they will not censor the Internet
(as promised when the Multimedia Super Corridor
was launched), but after events such as prominent Malaysian political blogger Jeff Ooi being investigated over a supposedly offensive comment
on his blog entry about Islam in 2005, and alternative news source MalaysiaKini
's office raided after carrying a letter critical of the ruling party's policies
in 2003, no one is really quite sure.
posted by divabat
on Aug 3, 2006 -
Polluting the blogosphere
businessweek is writing about a new company that is basically paying bloggers to write about products --- disclosure is optional...
congratulations marketers --- you ruin everything
posted by bliss322
on Jun 30, 2006 -
Meet the Bloggers
is a group of Ohio citizen journalists who have been interviewing state political candidates, podcasting the interviews and taking questions from anyone who is interested in the candidate's policies. [more inside]
posted by sciurus
on Jan 10, 2006 -
Amazing reading from a fellow millitary blogger who is currently undergoing some high stress as a result of PTSD
and is blogging his prescriptions and counseling sessions.
posted by JJBotter
on May 21, 2005 -
It has won recognition as "Best Interactive Viral" in the Viral Awards
. With all the viral1
marketing campaigns, comment spam, astroturfing3
, and other tools that marketeers are using to infiltrate the Brave New(ish) World of blog, we sometimes forget that we also have the power to do good, so "you know, like, reclaim the streets, or re-frame the conversation, or some damn thing
". Words of wisdom from our not-so-subservient chicken. [and, a bit more...]
posted by taz
on Mar 26, 2005 -
Are Blogs to Blame?
Tom Regan, Associate Editor of the Christian Science monitor wrote an interesting piece
referencing the latest findings of the Feb 2005 Harris Poll
showing that more and more Americans (64%) *still* think that Saddam Hussein had strong links to Al-Qaida. Tom's piece proposes that too many Americans are getting their "news" from sources -- including blogs -- that are tainted with right-wing opinion. Tom proposes that blogs share a large responsibility for confusing readers and blurring the lines between news and opinion. On this same topic, last week Editorial Cartoonist Ted Rall wrote an Op/Ed piece last week on blogs
that primarily talks about the dangers of the right-wing blogger "lynch mob." Does the sphere of right-wing blogs far outweigh the sphere of influence of left-wing blogs? And is this something that is worrisome? Are blogs a danger to further polarizing public opinion? What do you think?
posted by popvulture
on Mar 4, 2005 -
Bloggers as TIME's "People of the Year" ? " Each year around this time going all the way back to 1927 the editors of TIME magazine sit down to debate and select their Person or People of the Year. Last year, if you recall, they selected the American soldier. In prior years they have selected everyone from Charles Lindbergh (1927) to The Computer (1982)...
The Person of the Year is defined as folllows:
"Person of the Year is an annual issue of TIME magazine that features a profile on the man, woman, couple, group, idea, place, or machine that "for better or worse, has most influenced events in the preceding year"
Why not bloggers?
posted by azul
on Nov 16, 2004 -