MySpace Avoidance Fails Miserably

If I wanted to meet people, I wouldn’t be sitting on my ass filling out a MySpace profile. So I skip that and move on to Interests. Exhaustive lists of interests are a major feature of MySpace pages, which is odd because very few of them include “reading other people’s exhaustive lists of interests.” I put down a few of my passions (cabin fever, eyeglass wipes, people and animals named…

The Nutty Professors: The history of academic charisma.

Scholars in all fields continue to gain preferment because they are “productive” (the academic euphemism for obsessive), and students continue to emulate them. Future investment bankers pull all-nighters delving into subjects that they will never need to know about again, and years later, at reunions, they recall the intensity of the experience with something close to disbelief–and, often, passionate nostalgia. The university has never been a sleek, efficient corporation. It’s…

Universal sues video-sharing websites

Universal Music, the world‘slargest record company, has launched the established media industry‘sfirst legal action against user-generated internet sites in the wake of its distribution deal last week with YouTube, the most popular video-sharing website. –Joshua Chaffin –Universal sues video-sharing websites (FT.com) Note that YouTube isn’t the one being sued. YouTube actually cut a deal with Universal. I wonder whether part of the deal with YouTube sort of hinted with a wink…