Bargain-Basement Literature: Why are English books made so badly?

“The unread American books in our collection, along with those from Germany and France and Italy and Mexico, still look brand-new. But even a 4-year-old English hardback has warped covers, a binding that snaps like a saltine when you open it, and pages so brittle and brown that the act of pulling it from the shelf leaves a little confetti pile of paper chips on the floor. It’s not just…

Google Censoring Web Content (Oct 2002)

“Nobody expects Google, or any index, to be perfect, since the Web is growing and changing so fast and many parts of it are generated from databases and therefore essentially impossible for a search engine to find or classify. | However, researchers at the highly-respected Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University have found that the company is actively removing sites from its database, and that this censorship…

AOL Is Planning a Fast-Forward Answer to TiVo

“A secretive team of AOL Time Warner executives has begun talking with other major cable operators and media companies about speeding up and co-opting the potential revolution that TiVo kicked off. The company’s system, called Mystro TV, is AOL Time Warner’s gambit in an imminent battle over the future of the television business….While a program is paused or rewinding, networks can insert new commercials during the process or display them…

US public turns to Europe for news

“The American public is apparently turning away from the mostly US-centric American media in search of unbiased reporting and other points of views. Much of the US media’s reaction to France and Germany’s intransigence on the Iraqi war issue has verged on the xenophobic, even in the so-called ‘respectable’ press. Some reporting has verged on the hysterical – one US news web site, NewsMax.com, recently captioned a photograph of young…

New warning on TV violence: Early viewing, adult aggression linked; Study criticizes entertainment industry

“[H]abitual early exposure to TV violence is more strongly linked with aggression later in life than other factors often cited as leading causes, such as IQ, social-economic status and parental TV viewing.” Peter Calamai –New warning on TV violence: Early viewing, adult aggression linked; Study criticizes entertainment industryThe Star) Here’s a nice touch, that you don’t usually find when reporters summarize academic articles (kudos to Calamai): “University of Toronto psychology…