Monthly Archives: May 2007

The Hot New Collective Punishment

The camp calling for academic boycotts of Israel has got an ingenious little plan for deflecting charges of antisemitism: condemn antisemitism: The first item of business for the first congress of the University and College Union addresses matters under the … Read More

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Mideast News Roundup

UK boycott of Israeli Academics [Ha'aretz] UN to set up Hariri Tribunal [Al Jazeera] 310 Qassams hit Sderot in 16 days [DEBKAfile] Mercenaries trained in Prague to fight in Iraq [France 24] Peres announces presidential bid [Ynet] Taliban Bans music … Read More

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Why Nothing Is Žižekproof

Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek will hopefully always generate as much praise as criticism. Simon Jarvis writes of one of Žižek's recent works, The Parallax View: Žižek himself describes this work as “his magnum opus”, but it is not really an … Read More

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Robert Reich Little-Man-Big-Ideas Award

With the freak show of presidential politics ramping up a year and a half before the next election, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already ruled himself out of the race. "How can a 5-foot-7, divorced, billionaire Jew running as … Read More

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Analog Fundamentalism, Digital Ambiguity

From: Kevin Kelly To: Andrew Keen Subject: Absolutism amidst ambiguity Andrew, I’d hate this discussion to get bogged down in the gritty particulars of music copyright. It’s a very well-worn topic, and, like the abortion debate, there seems to be … Read More

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Photo of the Day: Fucking, Austria

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Don’t Scan My Book

From: Andrew Keen To: Kevin Kelly Subject: Death or Salvation? Kevin, You say that my book should be called the “Cult of Anonymity” rather than The Cult of the Amateur. :-) Yes, the cult of the amateur and the cult … Read More

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Whaddya Gonna Do?

David Remnick's given me the resolve to go out and buy the whole damned series on DVD: Like John Updike’s Rabbit series or Philip Roth’s novels of the past decade, “The Sopranos” teems with the mindless commerce and consumption of … Read More

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