Fatigue is about the most natural cause of death I can think of. Nonetheless, in the past few hours, Kim Jong-Il’s death has repeatedly been compared to the recent politicized deaths of other anti-American global leaders.
On the Newsstand:Facebook
The reaction to Rick Perry's recent campaign ad is more surprising, and troubling, than the ad itself.
Revisiting the unscientific study of Facebook likes and what they tell us about the GOP Primary
While Google+ may represent a better product than Facebook, Harvard Political Review Editor-in-Chief Max Novendstern is unimpressed. Novendstern suggests that Google+ is not a triumph, but rather a failure of a company that has thus far provided innovative products. Google+ may work well, but it simply does not offer anything new, and for that reason Google has finally sold out. ... Read More
The meaning of Google+ When I first encountered Google+, I was delighted. And then, shortly after that, I was bored. Like so many American cultural events – like the premiere of The Hills or the release of George W. Bush’s memoir – Google+ manages to evoke delight and boredom simultaneously, to give one the feeling of beholding something beautiful and ... Read More
Last week, one of my male friends told me that one of my female friends was “too intense for a boyfriend.” He clarified, “it’s not that she’s not pretty, I think many people find her attractive … I just don’t think there are boys that she’s attracted to.” As a woman at Harvard, I was disappointed but not shocked to ... Read More
Mark Zuckerberg has never heard of Arab leaders like Mohammed Bouazizi yet he's credited with the uprisings they've triggered.
I have two points to make in response to Alastair’s most recent post — first, that I’m happy that he wrote it, because the issue of savings and culture is very important; and second, that I’m a bit dismayed about what he wrote, because I don’t it’s actually correct. First, agreement: one of the defining stories of the coming decade will be ... Read More
“Nobody’s perfect.” That’s what Detriot Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga told reporters after umpire Jim Joyce blew a call at first base and cost Galarraga his perfect game in the 9th inning with two outs. After reviewing the replays once the game was over, Joyce admitted he was wrong. He provided a heartfelt apology and wiped tears from his face during ... Read More
In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill,there has been no shortage of finger-pointing. There’s plenty of blame to go around, no doubt, but there is one group that the Right has mysteriously implicated in this disaster: environmentalists. In an editorial in the Washington Post last Friday, Charles Krauthammer wrote that environmentalists are partially to blame for the spill ... Read More
I just finished watching Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ The Pacific, an HBO miniseries following a group of marines in WWII. And it was truly epic. Melodramatic and overwrought maybe, but the war in the Pacific was no jungle romp. As The Pacific vividly shows, it was unimaginably gruesome, traumatic, and relentless. The marines battled the unyielding and suicidal Japanese on malaria-infested, ... Read More
I wrote this weekend that the contest was in poor taste, and that it was likely to attract extremely offensive submissions, but this seems to have surprised many of the people who publicized May 20 as “Draw Muhammad!” Day to begin with. LA Times reports: In declaring May 20th to be “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day,” Seattle artist Molly Norris created a ... Read More