Note:  Some of these articles are pretty long, with digressions and asides. I don't expect many people will read them, of course, but if you do, I recommend printing them out.

The Latest Thing in Guru-dom
How independent entrepreneurs are appropriating the techniques of persuasion previously more common in mass media -- using the internet to give themselves a slicker media presence than was possible before.

 The Shock of the New (Hollywood)
On me being an old fogey, shocked by today's movies -- specifically "The Campaign" with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifinakis.

Curb Your Credulity: What Thomas Kuhn can Tell Us about the Science of Global Warming
On Kuhn's book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions; and the power dynamics between scientists and the lay public.

Charm School Psychopaths
Notes on an interview with a guy who runs a charm school.

You Got Farmed
Is society a giant factory farm, as Daniel Vitalis (and probably a # of others) have claimed?

Arts & Entertainment Off the Beaten Path
A little nudge in the direction of thinking about mainstream corporate entertainment, and how healthy it might or might not be...

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