Clifford Stoll writing in Newsweek back in February, 1995:
‘Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.’
I’d buy that for a dollar.
Ken White at Popehat has done some work in debunking many ‘ifs, ands, and buts’ qualifying media representations of 1st amendment speech protections lately.
‘In discussing our First Amendment rights, the media routinely begs the question — it adopts stock phrases and concepts that presume that censorship is desirable or constitutional, and then tries to pass the result off as neutral analysis. This promotes civic ignorance and empowers deliberate censors.’
Sometimes, it’s an ‘anti-mentor’ who can help you see the light.
This blog is hankering for some Chili’s. Chili’s in Jersey City, that is.
It appears to be mere chain-food for tourists and some locals.
But what does it mean as an experience? How should I live? How can I escape the culinary cul-de-sacs of suburban life and finally see what it means to be living?
Dear reader, that’s where the New Yorker comes in.
Let’s get a writer in there to dissect the tchocthkes, and introspect on the Self in the suburbs and the many interior lives of tourists moving through the modern world.
Let’s send a neuroscience grad student in there to see what the diners’ brain scans might say about uniformity of dining experience and how we might form memories.