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Social Media: Vicious Circles or Virtuous Circles?

Illustration of bluesman Robert Johnson, the devil, and a crossroads.

Economists like to talk about “virtuous circles” and also their opposite, “vicious circles.” The Wikipedia editors do a fine job of succinctly defining these phenomena: They refer to a complex of events that reinforces itself through a feedback loop. A … Read more »

Rush Limbaugh’s Very Bad Week in Social Media

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It’s been an exciting week in Limbaugh Land. There’s no need to recount the tragic story of Rush Limbaugh’s hubris in calling a Georgetown U law student a slut and a prostitute, and then how all his attempts to apologize … Read more »

Much Ado About Web Privacy

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Today is the day Google implements its new privacy policy. I’ve been reading a lot about this complex issue, and, as far as I can see, it boils down to the fact that now Google will share your data across … Read more »

Who You Callin’ Ahmed?: Notes on the Nym Wars

Photo of Salman Rushdie and a former wife.

How do you label yourself in social media? Ten years into the revolution now you’d think the conventions for this basic question would have been established, but no. Salman Rushdie, with his perpetual genius for controversy, stirred it up in … Read more »

Quora: Yesterday’s Hot New Thing?

Photo of Quora founders D'Angelo, Cheever, and Cox.

The hot new social-media site at the moment is Google+, Google’s invitation-only attempt to set up a social network that will go face to face with Facebook. But the hot new thing six months back was Quora, a social-networking site that … Read more »

Please Retweet Me

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When I was a lad learning the basics of baseball some years back, I found much comfort in statistics, particularly the sport’s simple benchmarks that establish excellence – a .300 batting average, 40 homers, and 100 RBIs for hitters and 20 … Read more »