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In the Mood

A new app from Ghostly music allows you to program your playlist from their archive based on your “mood.” Choices range from sad to aggressive and include two other metrics for more/less digital, and faster/slower. It’s a very cool idea and a very mixed bag in terms of what it …

The End of Long Form?

A recent piece on the end of paper newspapers, in this case the New Orleans’-based Times-Picayune, which got me thinking about the relationship between form and medium. One of the arguments of the piece is that the move to e-only news means a shift in content too: from long-form investigative journalism that …

The Long Goodbye

A hilarious parody at The Morning News by editor Michael Erard about a growing new online genre, the “why I quit Facebook (or Twitter or email)” post (example here). You can see right away where the problem lies — writing on a blog about leaving Facebook seems to turn the …

The Unconscious of Labor

An amazing interview at Spark with Luis von Ahn, inventor of those blurry text boxes that you have to type in to prove you’re a human when you want to fill out a form. Ahn is one of those people whose mind just solves things. So after feeling guilty that …

Death of Privacy

So many deaths. I’m thinking of starting a site called “Deathwatch” that monitors the discourse of death around cultural phenomena. This time a review of Lori Andrews’ I Know Who You Are and Saw What You Did (great title btw) which is about social networking and “the death of privacy.” …

The tale of two Kakutanis

A great twitter caper reported at the Daily News’ books blog. Apparently, someone began posting under the name @CriticMichiko making fun of some of the renowned NY Times book critic, Michiko Kakutani’s verbal ticks. Then someone else (or the same person) began posting under a new name @ActualNYTMK to ask the …