Mitchell Golden

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Gigaom | The Washington Post’s new “sponsored views” offering is actually pretty smart

Advertisement<p>There was a predictable amount of gasping and hand-waving about the <i>Washington Post</i>‘s launch on Wednesday of what it calls Sponsored …

George Lucas & Steven Spielberg: Studios Will Implode; VOD Is the Future

Looking into their crystal ball, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg predicted the imminent arrival of a radically different entertainment landscape, …

Notes From the First Year: Some Thoughts on Teaching at MIT

Teaching science and engineering kids, and why toughness might be the most important quality in a writer<p>A commenter asks:<p>If this isn't too off topic, what do you find motivates most of your students at MIT? Do they really love the subject, or do they see it as a pathway to bigger things, or are …

The Drawbacks of Data-Driven Medicine

"I have often beheld two such sages almost sinking under the weight of their packs."<p>puuikibeach/Flickr<p>In <i>Gulliver's Travels</i>, Jonathan Swift tells of a community of scientists seeking to improve human life through technological innovation. One of their many schemes aims to replace words with …

The Lonely Island

<i>Photo by F. Scott Schafer</i><p>"We were doing fart jokes when you was sucking your mama's tit," boasts the Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer at the close of the trio's third star-studded, pop-puncturing musical comedy opus, <i>The Wack Album</i>. And considering the group's first music video-- a goofball sendup of …

Seitz on Arrested Development: A Puzzle Show Perfectly Calibrated for the Internet Age

A few months back I wrote a piece about zombie shows and film franchises that are willed back from the dead by collective desire like that poor son …

Owning The Middle

Brittney Griner wears bow ties, dates women and dunks with abandon. Call her names if you like -- she is done hiding from haters.<p>Brittney Griner …

LGBTQI

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Is a Fabulous Cultural Ambassador for America

The much-maligned TLC series that recently premiered in the UK is revolutionary for its depiction of happy, unpretentious Americans handling widespread American problems.<p>TLC<p>Ever wonder how Glitzy the Pig would get on in Britain?<p><i>Here Comes Honey Boo Boo</i> recently debuted there to unsurprising …

The Daughter of Uzbekistan's President Personally Negotiates Bribes With Swedish Telecom Company

How singer, designer, and dictator-in-training 'Googoosha' has her hand in the bribery terms with TeliaSonera<p>Documents leaked to Swedish investigative journalists and reviewed by RFE/RL appear to offer fresh evidence of a link between Swedish telecom giant TeliaSonera and Gulnara Karimova, the …

Remember When Actors Wanted to Be Versatile? Benedict Cumberbatch Does

The brooding Sherlock star and Star Trek Into Darkness villain has a beloved, lesser-known side project: a radio sitcom in which he's—surprise!—magnificently funny.<p>Wikimedia<p>Ask the next 10 people you meet—or interact with on Facebook or Tumblr—if they've heard of Benedict Cumberbatch, and you're …

Even Khaled Hosseini Can't Tell Stories as Effectively as He Wants To

The author of The Kite Runner and And the Mountains Echoed touts the introduction of Stephen King's "The Body" as a poignant encapsulation of an author's limitations.<p>Doug McLean<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b><p>Most novels are …

Will 'Digital Ethnic Cleansing' Be Part of the Internet's Future?

Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen, and Steve Clemons discuss the political limitations of the Internet.<p>Iran's willful exclusion of its citizens from the Internet much of the rest of the world knows -- its attempt to take the "worldwide" aspect out of the World Wide Web -- may well indicate weakness in the …

A 17th-Century Russian Community Living in 21st-Century Alaska

This clan has traveled from Russia through China, Brazil, and Oregon to make a home in the remote north, struggling to avoid modernization.<p>Father Nikolai says that candles represent a little sacrifice. They cost the members of the congregation a dollar, which goes to the upkeep of the church.<p>On a …

Here's What Happens To Google Employees When They Die

It’s no surprise that the employee benefits of Google are among the best in the land—free haircuts, gourmet food, on-site doctors and high-tech “cleansing” toilets are among the most talked-about—but in a rare interview with Chief People Officer Laszlo Bock I discovered that the latest perk for …

Justin Timberlake And The AC/DC Rule

Last week, returning pop hero Justin Timberlake topped the charts with <i>The 20/20 Experience</i>, only his third album in a decade-long post–'N Sync solo career. No one was surprised when he debuted at No. 1.<p>The shocker for pundits was the number of albums he shifted in seven days: nearly a million. …

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook Home, Money, and the Future of Communication | WIRED

FACEBOOK<p>As caretaker of a service with a billion users, Mark Zuckerberg is used to sparking protest. Any time his company releases a new product, …

Arthur Frommer Buys Name Back From Google, Will Bring Print Editions Back

Mere weeks after Google said it would be discontinuing print editions of the famous Frommer’s travel guidebooks, Arthur Frommer has reportedly spent an undisclosed sum to buy the rights to his name back from Google and will continue to publish the books in both print and ebook versions, in an …

The Simple Reason Why Goodreads Is So Valuable to Amazon

A small fraction of Americans buy the vast majority of books in this country. Goodreads gives Jeff Bezos & Co. a direct line into their thoughts and habits.<p>(Reuters)<p>Amazon is the king of online booksellers and, by most accounts, the most feared player in publishing. Yet last week it shelled out a …

Departures

America, whatever its flaws, is very often amazing in its efficiency and compassion. It did not escape my mind that in some other place I might have died.<p><b>I. Jeudi</b><p>Yesterday I ate a bad nut on the train to Boston and went into anaphylactic shock. A doctor who happened to be seated nearby shot me up …