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Eisner's parting words to Hollywood: "Don't panic"

“Don’t panic over the latest techno jargon like … peer-to-peer, wi-max, 80211, bittorrent … the only thing that gives purpose to all these remarkable delivery systems is the kind of creative content we all produce,” Eisner said. –Eisner’s parting words to Hollywood: “Don’t panic” (Breitbart.com) I don’t feel much pity for the hordes of netizens who are downloading copyrighted entertainment material because they feel their “need” to consume it exceeds their…

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Comfortably Numb

I wonder what they call it when you can’t think of what to write in a weblog? Writer’s Blog, weblock? –Anna-Marie –Comfortably Numb (ilex) One of Mike Vitia‘s students coins a term. Students in several of my classes are engaging in drive-by blogging, which is the flurry of entries that one posts just before the blogging portfolio is due. That’s a very different issue than weblock, though it can be just…

Katrina Takes a Toll on Truth, News Accuracy

The wild rumors filled the vacuum and seemed to gain credence with each retelling – that an infant’s body had been found in a trash can, that sharks from Lake Pontchartrain were swimming through the business district, that hundreds of bodies had been stacked in the Superdome basement. “It doesn’t take anything to start a rumor around here,” Louisiana National Guard 2nd Lt. Lance Cagnolatti said at the height of…

Video games actually can be good for you

In addition to a Sony PlayStation 2, the family has some special equipment: a S.M.A.R.T. BrainGames system that consists of a special controller, a helmet with built-in sensors for monitoring brain activity and a Smartbox that receives the brain signals. As long as the boys remain calmly focused on the game, it plays normally, says their Philadelphia psychologist Domenic Greco. But if a player’s mind wanders, the Smartbox sends a…