Newsletter 377


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[5]How We Broke The Murdoch Scandal
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/rdKZV8

Alan Rusbridger | Newsweek | 18 July 2011

By 2009, life was getting lonely for The Guardian, whose reporter Nick
  Davies had been pursuing the case doggedly. "Brooks had told colleagues that
  the story was going to end with 'Alan Rusbridger on his knees, begging for
  mercy'" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-we-broke-murdoch-scandal

[7]Defaulting To Big Government
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/obByMo

Simon Johnson | Project Syndicate | 18 July 2011

US politicians opposed to raising debt ceiling are playing with fire. In
  event of default, private sector would collapse, unemployment would surge
  past 20%. Ironically, default would increase size of government relative to
  economy [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/defaulting-big-government

[9]Kiki Or Bouba? In Search Of Language's Missing Link
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/rf3ff7

David Robson | New Scientist | 18 July 2011

Are the sounds that form any given word random or a reflection of its
  inherent meaning? Linguistics has assumed the former. But new research is
  challenging this view and suggesting that "sound symbolism" is common in
  many languages [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/kiki-or-bouba-search-languages-missing-link

[11]Autumn Of The Empire
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/n59nZk

Joshua Clover | LA Review of Books | 18 July 2011

Reflections on financial history. Four distinct eras of world domination,
  each divided into merchant phase, industrial expansion, financialisation.
  Shift to last phase signifies "autumn". When finance era ends, so does the
  empire [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/autumn-empire

[13]Facebook And The Epiphanator
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/r9pTze

Paul Ford | New York | 18 July 2011

There are two ways of consuming the world. The Facebook mode, in which we
  accept life as a randomised torrent of human relationships; and the
  "Epiphinator" mode, in which we demand stories with beginnings, ends,
  themes, lessons [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/facebook-and-epiphanator

[15]Bullshit Heaven
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/n8Cl09

Jed Perl | New Republic | 14 July 2011

Murderous review of highbrow book about lowbrow painter Thomas Kinkade. "The
  entire subject is a nervous breakdown waiting to happen. I am not always
  sure whether the authors are being grimly sincere or shamelessly ironic"
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bullshit-heaven

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Jay Rosen on Journalism in the Internet Age
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jay-rosen-on-journalism-internet-age

In  a break from our usual practice of focusing on books, we asked the
  journalism  analyst  and  veteran  blogger  to recommend five articles
  illustrating the upheavals of the news business [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jay-rosen-on-journalism-internet-age

Featured Topic

[19]Moral Philosophy
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/moral-philosophy

Do babies have morals? Does surveillance make us better? Is free will an
  illusion or not? Is there such a thing as evil? Get to grips with the big
  questions of right and wrong [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/moral-philosophy

Reader Recommendations

@[21]damienjoyce Spanish Civil War article via @[22]HistoryToday on the
  forgotten battles between Republicans &
  Nationalists [23]bit.ly/qK4FXz #[24]browsings [25]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/damienjoyce
      22. http://twitter.com/HistoryToday
      23. http://bit.ly/qK4FXz
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/taste-by-roald-dahl

[27]Taste by Roald Dahl
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/taste-by-roald-dahl

[28]Randall Grahm says: "It is an amazing story. It is very funny and also
  captures how wine tasters can use language to assert cultural superiority"
  [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/randall-grahm-on-wine
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]Hail To The V
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/hail-v

No. I'm just not going to be drawn on this one. Decide for yourself. But
  admit: it's pretty advanced irony [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Scott Adams, on free will
    Links:
      32. http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/the_end_of_free_will

"What if free will exists, but not everyone has it?"

[33]More quotes
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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