"The Internet is the greatest generation gap since rock and roll." Yes and no. People who have grown up knowing the Internet certainly view it differently than the generations previous. But the uptake has been far more progressive than, say, getting Grandpa to like Led Zeppelin. The Internet is certainly the greatest *cultural shift* since rock and roll, and that creates interesting conversations and complications between those who live online and those who simply peer in.
Rafe's post could have been written by me. "I’ve been online in some fashion for over two decades, and I’m a fairly private person to start with, so I am very careful about not saying things that are going to turn up later." Indeed
No more I Want Sandy! Too bad, it was a fun tool (also, congrats to Rael)
I am pleased to announce the launch of a new blog, Timely Demise. It’s a side project of mine that I’ve been exploring for some time now, and I’m excited to share it with a broader audience.
Timely Demise is focused solely on how the economic crisis is changing the retail environment. What retailers are managing to expand? Who’s consolidating or closing outlets? Eliminating brands? Liquidating assets? Anything with Main Street consumer-level impact will be covered by the blog.
This comes completely out of my own worldview. As a consumer, I take a broader, market-level perspective to my own shopping. I see Banana Republic pants as a product of the upscale marque of the Gap Inc. company; I look at the new Dunkin’ Donuts on 94th and Amsterdam and consider the implications it has for the independent coffee shop on the corner. Linens ‘n Things goes bankrupt and I wonder what they’ll do to clear out inventory. It’s how my mind works, and it’s having a field day processing the current economy. So I thought I’d create a place for me to track such things.
I should expound here on my disclaimer, which is that I am an employee of an agency that works with retailers not unlike some of the companies covered in Timely Demise, and that my opinions are not at all of the expectation or hope of negative news. Quite the contrary–as an Internet strategist, I hope to be part of the short- and long-term solution for clients as they navigate a unique and difficult market. And I certainly hope that anything I cover regarding my employer’s clients will be objective–and only good news.
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Part of me thinks, ooh! Buy Berkshire Hathaway in the downturn! But then I think, is ANY stock safe these days? Also interesting: BRK has not particularly outperformed the stock market since the end of the dotcom bubble, although I suspect that has a lot to do with the speculative nature of the market and not the underperformance of BRK's holdings
Fun list from waxy (of course). Rush remains my favorite
"My ’76 Honda Civic CVCC was peppy even at highway speeds, often got over 50mpg, and met all emissions standards for the time without a catalytic converter." Whenever I read about fuel economy I keep thinking about the exact same thing. Honda had a Civic HF in the 1980s that got 47 mpg city. Why can't the automakers dumb down their engines a bit, find efficiency instead of power, and sell 50mpg cars? I like speed as much as anyone, but does every car on the market need to go 0-60 in under 6 seconds?
I heart Improv Everywhere
Great, great, great album review, and by "album" I mean "15-year explosion of finality"
Love (related: Simon Owens talks to Anil Dash about the program)
I will miss the quarterly pub–the Times's sports journalism is underrated. (Note that David Foster Wallace's piece on Roger Federer, considered one of the great sports journalism articles, was published by Play.)
my oh my
Washington Post: 5 Myths About an Election of Mythic Proportions. “Exit polling suggests that there was no statistically significant increase in voting among [black or young voters],” and other debunking. Worth remembering that Obama’s victory, as noted here previously, is far from the national mandate given to, say, Ronald Reagan.
Related: I watched and enjoyed Obama’s “60 Minutes” interview last night. Barack is an intellectual man who is not afraid of the truth; he and Michelle are balanced, quick to smile, and down-to-earth. (Although there was some bemused discussion in my home as to how extensively the “mom in chief” runs the Obama family, and what that suggests about the president-elect.)
Love the information correlation in these maps
Makes me want to go abroad next summer, simply so I can take no-cost flights
Interesting, sensible (and foreboding) post by Nick Denton on how media firms like his should weather the ad slowdown. Also noted: his site has a new Gawker-esque design that pulls his posts from across his web properties. Reminds me that I need to get my Action Streams up and running
Obama is actually a sci-fi nerd. Somewhere a million D&D fans are smiling
Part of me thinks, quelle horror! Double secret authority for military action! But part of me also thinks, well, there's been next to no anti-US terrorism in all this time, so maybe that's not such a bad thing
Apparently DST increases, not decreases, energy consumption. C'mon, Congress, scale it back! Please!
The broadcast debut of Marc Meyers' festival-prizewinning film. And to think I get to say I gave him his start as a writer! Marc, I'm proud and excited–publicly wishing you continued success
(Compiled from several previous auto-feed posts.)
Some more items on the election’s impact:
George Will on the Republican election loss, mirroring my blog post from yesterday: “more dispiriting than numerically stunning.”
Experts call it, among other things, “a normal win.” Which sounds about right.