As to where Amazon got the idea — apparently, the same place the company gets many of its ideas: “The pricing level is reminiscent of iAD, Apple‘s ad network that places ads within apps on iPhones and iPads…. Industry sources speculate that Amazon is attempting to build a competitor to iAD.” Except that the more fitting analogy here to what Amazon plans would be if Apple had placed ads in the songs they were selling at iTunes ….
I think there's a refutation to this in Gadamer, which involves where meaning comes from – even if you can't know (or, to get really postmodern, "know") where meaning comes from, the attempt at interaction is important, because that's how knowledge is expanded. It's a part of the self (hi!) with a frontier that overlaps/fades away into an other (hello over there!). The boundary shifts and the two centers (self and other) never quite meet, but they can interpenetrate. He's big on reading as a conversation.
“Community is essential. In the early days we didn’t have any money, so we had to be really clever about marketing, and what we considered to be a good direction was to make it really simple for bloggers to use, as they distribute all over the place and pick up stuff like this really quickly,” Caterina explains.
He was, for once, trying to give me everything I wanted and I was trying to get everything I needed and it was way too late for either one.
After the 2002 train crash in Potters Bar which killed six people and injured many others, the first reports placed blame on engineering company Jarvis for shoddy maintenance. Then crisis management PR flunkeys waded in, putting it about through unattributed briefings, where they were quoted only as a ‘senior rail source’, that the crash was more likely a result of vandalism. It wasn’t until three years and an official inquiry later that the truth came out: vandalism was ‘highly unlikely’ and the probable cause was poor maintenance by Jarvis.
I want to be able to have someone grab any piece of equipment new or old and understand what exactly everything does on it, and maybe even the why.
George W. Bush was a destructive president because he was a deluded man. He made bad policy because he lacked the empathy and humility to think about the human cost of those policies.
When one of your alumni climbs on top of the statue of Peter Cooper to defend the ideals of his alma mater, where he is not sulking suicidally but is dancing with cheer, and he is asking specifically to talk to the president, you do not walk home.
Writing about his experience for the Nation in April 2001, he theorized, “In the long run this episode will have a larger impact on how people think about media than how they think about Nike and sweatshop labor.” He speculated that by understanding the dynamics of “decentralized distribution systems and peer-to-peer networks,” new forms of social protest would emerge and challenge the “constellations of power traditionally supported by the mass media.”
When I first considered starting a rare book company, I thought of dealing solely in association copies: books presented by one writer to another, books from the libraries of interesting people, books signed and inscribed and annotated in ways that traced a history of human connection. I abandoned that plan as too narrow, but Honey & Wax remains dedicated to books as a form of social currency, a means of connecting writers to readers, and readers to one another.
Such a terrific reference work! But with so many terrific random digits, it's a shame they didn't sort them, to make it easier to find the one you're looking for.