Friday, December 24, 2010

The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time

As a source of innovation, an engine of our economy, and a forum for our political discourse, the Internet can only work if it's a truly level playing field. Small businesses should have the same ability to reach customers as powerful corporations. A blogger should have the same ability to find an audience as a media conglomerate.
This principle is called "net neutrality" - and it's under attack. Internet service giants like Comcast and Verizon want to offer premium and privileged access to the Internet for corporations who can afford to pay for it.


The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 207, Jonathan Franzen

The fear out of which that book was written was that new materialism of the brain, which has given us drugs to change our personalities, and the materialism of consumer culture, which provides endless distractions and encourages the endless pursuit of more goods, were both antithetical to the project of literature, which is to connect with that which is unchanging and unchangeable, the tragic dimension of life.

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 207, Jonathan Franzen