Think are intellectual property protections are insufficiently strong?
Five years ago I put a tickler in to see what would happen to this. Glad to see that sanity reigned after all:
Over at Equitable Growth: The Past Two Decades: The Coming of the Information Economy Looks to Have Doubled Our True Rate of Economic Growth
Over at Bloomberg View, smart young whippersnapper Noah Smith weighs in on the relationship between measured GDP at factor cost and societal well-being--including consumer surplus--in the information age:
It is very nice to see the Financial Times correction of Niall Ferguson--although it does not, in my opinion, go far enough.
A word, however, to Lionel Barber, Gillian Tett, and company: The Financial Times's only current assets are an incredibly skilled and hard-working journalistic team and a reputation as a trusted information intermediary. You are not going to be able to out-pander the Spectator, the Wall Street Journal, the Torygraph, and Fox News as a place where the rich feel comforted rather than afflicted by the news. That means you cannot risk your reputation as a trusted information intermediary by routinely publishing pieces that undermine it.
Jonathan Chait: Niall Ferguson Claims Smeared by Facts, Fights Back: "[Ferguson's] most recent example of ‘correct politicalness’ is the humiliation Ferguson suffered when...
Over on the Twitter Device the very sharp Tim Noah trolls me by writing 33 tweets about how "things went sour" for The Old New Republic when Richard Just got fired:
And following up with:
The very, very sharp Ben Thompson smacks down the not-sharp-at-all Michael Massing:
We see what Michael Massing did there...
The reason for Michael Massing to fail to write "Ben Thompson" and "Stratechery" and provide the link: https://stratechery.com/2015/buzzfeed-important-news-organization-world/? That Michael Massing is, and wants to be perceived as, an asshole. Failure-to-properly-cite syndrome is an old disease, an old move in pseudo-intellectual discourse.
And it is a weak one.
I wonder why nobody at the New York Review of Books bothered to edit him, or even to tell Massing that this was not the way to introduce himself to readers searching for trusted information intermediaries?
Ben Thompson's point was:
The world needs great journalism, but great journalism needs a great business model. That’s exactly what BuzzFeed seems to have, and it’s for that reason the company is the most important news organization in the world...
Does Massing engage that point--acknowledge its existence, argue against it, or provide support for it--anywhere in his piece? No.
Must-Read: If you are going to read only one tech newsletter... I believe this is the one you should read:
Ben Thompson: The Funnel Framework: "The post-Internet Microsoft was the proverbial emperor with no clothes...
Is This "Fold" Possibly Going to Be a Useful Thing?
Is this "Fold" possibly going to be a useful thing?
Google keep? No thanks, I'll pay for Evernote lest you Google Reader me. @clippingsio charges $2 to format my kindle notes? Take my money.— Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep) May 19, 2015
Must-Read: Ben Thompson: Vox Acquires Recode; Stars, Money, and Reach; The Apple Car and Jony Ive - Stratechery: " Recode has sold to Vox, and while everyone involved is putting a happy face on the matter...
Live from La Farine:
And, once again, I wish that Apple Hypercard were still a thing...
How did I get started weblogging?
In my memory, I got started weblogging because one afternoon sometime in the 1990s that convinced me that weblogging was likely to become a key part of the forthcoming ecology of intellectual influence.
Live from La Farine: I have long had a Facebook account, but I have never done much with it except plug my Twitter account into it. My feeling was that with the World Wide Web weblogging and Twitter, I had enough Internet media on my plate to try to master.
Now, however, it looks increasingly likely that it will be The Facebook that wins the Internet ThunderDome cage match. Which means that I need to figure out how to use and be a presence on The Facebook.
Any suggestions as to how to do this quickly and painlessly?
Live from The Roasterie: Do Americans no longer buy non-Apple laptops? Or is it just that Americans whose jobs allow them to sit in cafes that sell $4 espresso drinks in the morning no longer buy non-Apple laptops?
Twitter... knows exactly... what I’m interested in... from what I tweet about... [and] who I follow. If an advertiser wants to reach someone like me... Twitter is by far the best way to find me.... What makes Twitter the company valuable is... the interest graph that is nearly priceless.... If one starts with that sort of understanding... the graph, not the app... the clear priority would not be increasing ad inventory on the Twitter timeline... but rather ensuring as many people as possible have and use a Twitter identity. And what would be the best way to do that? Through 3rd-parties, of course! And by no means should those 3rd-parties be limited to recreating the Twitter timeline: they should build all kinds of apps that have a need to connect people with common interests: publishers would be an obvious candidate, and maybe even an app that streams live video... anything to get more people using the Twitter identity and the interest graph...
Live from the Inland Empire: What I really need to do is get out and reread David Brin’s book: The Transparent Society...
...It turns out that, today, the ubiquitous cameras are not or are not exclusively in the hands of the security services. They are also the cellphone video cameras in the hands of ordinary people--and the videos are then our instantly posted and cached on the web.
Sokrates: Internet Media and the Fall of GigaOm
Adeimantos: What? Are you now intellectually flirting with both Hinduism and techno-transhumanism?
Felix Salmon: I told you so. If I may quote myself:
Live from Century City: Josh Barro says: Take panel questions via direct message. He is correct. Requiring questions to be less than 140 characters is a major technological innovation!
Why is it that all the racists who show up in my Twitter feed are so very, very eager to demonstrate that they have no claim to be part of any "cognitive elite"?
"No. This Is Verbal Abuse. Argument Is Next Door..."
Glaukon: So: Blogging...
Hypatia: I would like to start by offering the floor to the Great and Good Felix Salmon:
Felix Salmon: To All the Young Journalists Asking for Advice...: I’m also very flattered by the lovely things you said... about how you’d love to have a career in journalism... do[ing] the kind of thing... I do. You won’t.... By the time you’re my age... you’ll... be doing something... nobody today... foresee[s]....The obstacles facing you are much greater than anything I managed to overcome.... The exact same forces which are good for journalism and good for owners are the forces which are bad for journalists....
J. Bradford DeLong on April 12, 2015 at 12:52 PM in Economics: Information, Information: Internet, Long Form, Philosophy: Moral, Political Economy, Politics, Science: Cognitive, Streams: (BiWeekly) Honest Broker, Streams: Economics, Streams: Highlighted, Web/Tech, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (5)
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Morning Must-Read: The American Prospect: "Join us for a Gala 25th Anniversary Luncheon featuring Senator Elizabeth Warren...
J. Bradford DeLong is Professor of Economics at U.C. Berkeley, and was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy of the U.S. Treasury during the Clinton Administration. He is completing “Slouching Towards Utopia?”, an overly-long economic history of the world in the twentieth century.
He is best known for “Noise Trader Risk in Financial Markets” (JPE, 1989), “Fiscal Policy in a Depressed Economy” (BPEA, 2012), “Did JP Morgan’s Men Add Value?” (book chapter, 1991), “The Survival of Noise Traders in Financial Markets” (JF, 1991), “America’s Peacetime Inflation: the 1970s” (book chapter, 1997), “Is Increased Price Flexibility Stabilizing?” (AER, 1986), “Speculative Microeconomics for Tomorrow’s Economy” (First Monday, 2000), “Meltdown to Moral Hazard: the International Monetary and Financial Policies of the Clinton Administration” (book chapter, 2001), “Have Productivity Levels Converged? Productivity Growth, Convergence, and Welfare in the Very Long Run” (AER, 1989), and “Should We Fear Deflation?” (BPEA, 1989).
Comment of the Day: Graydon: Internet Media and the Fall of GigaOm: The Honest Broker for the Week of March 15, 2015 (Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality...): "Mentor's visualization is missing that there's no feedback in favour of reader value...
...happened in about 72 hours, and involved tweeting. It goes something like this:
Over at Medium: Tap... Tap... Tap...
Is this thing on? I guess it is...
So: very, very happy that the other people here think that I am potentially of high-enough quality to have invited me to be here as an editor. That is very flattering indeed--for they are a very, very good group.
I am very happy not just to be invited but to actually be part of this speculation. Obviously, Medium founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone are NET.GODS of quintessential degree, and the Medium team they have assembled is very good. And there is a chance that something like Medium is the future of the public sphere in the internet age, not just to separate the informational wheat from the chaff but to grow the informational wheat and bake it into...
This metaphor has run away with me...
**Help us, @Ev Kenobi! You are our only hope!
Why do I find it such an enormous pain-in-the-@## to aggregate and curate Twitter in any useful way?
Is there some magic internet tool that everybody has access to that I have somehow escaped learning about?
For example: Over on Twitter this morning I note two things:
First, Journalism School:
Ah. Crossing my desk today, two intersecting streams. The first is unpacking a stray box and finding in it a copy of NBER Working Paper 12398...
Back in 2004, you see, George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers, headed by Greg Mankiw, released its 2004 Economic Report of the President--and immediately found the reporters of Washington enthusiastically throwing a low-tech necktie party, with the Bush CEA as the center of attention. In 2006 Greg and Phil Swagel wrote a good retrospective:
over offshore outsourcing connected with the release of the Economic Report of the President (ERP) in February 2004, examines the differing ways in which economists and non-economists talk about offshore outsourcing, and assesses the empirical evidence on the importance of offshore outsourcing in accounting for the weak labor market from 2001 to 2004...
In their 2004 Economic Report of the President, Greg and company made three points with respect to outsourcing, of which I count two and a half as likely correct:
J. Bradford DeLong on March 10, 2015 at 08:27 AM in Economics: Growth, Economics: Inequality, Information: Better Press Corps/Journamalism, Information: Internet, Moral Responsibility, Obama Administration, Political Economy, Politics, Streams: Across the Wide Missouri, Streams: Economics, Streams: Equitable Growth, Streams: Highlighted, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (8)
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Nils: Breaking the Web: "The Deane Barker column was touching...
...in its sincerity and simplicity. Of course mobile apps break the web, are isolated from each other, and do not link to anything. You are supposed to PAY for them, not GET them for FREE. Welcome to the Market Based Universe.
Sixteen years ago I was told that I really needed to consult and hire a "web designer". Eight years ago I was told I needed to consult and hire a "web content management system wrangler".
Now I am being told I need to consult and hire a "web content strategist".
What is a "web content strategist"?
Wikipedia: Vir illustris - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The title vir illustris ('illustrious man') is used...
...as a formal indication of standing in late antiquity to describe the highest ranks within the senates of Rome and Constantinople. All senators had the title vir clarissimus ('very famous man'); but from the mid fourth century onwards, vir illustris and vir spectabilis ('admirable man', a lower rank than illustris) were used to distinguish holders of high office....
the story… in the print edition, asked, ‘Can a white male liberal critique the country’s current political-correctness craze (which, by the way, hurts liberals most)? We’re sure you’ll let us know.’ This was my editors’ playful way to provocatively anticipate the firestorm the piece would set off.
I read the phrase ‘playful way to provocatively anticipate the firestorm’ as an unsubtle euphemism for ‘calculated strategy to turn the troll-dial from 10 to 11.’ This was a piece that Chait’s editors (and, one presumes, Chait) knew would get an outraged reaction, and presumably wanted to get an outraged reaction. In other words, it was an exercise in trolling.
Many, many are saying complimentary things. From Sullivan himself comes a much worth-reading self pat-on-the-back about what he regards as his many, many successes intermixed with a cri de coeur about his mistakes in The Arc Of The Dish 2000-2015. IMHO, he pulls a number of punches in his self-criticism, but "my own traumatized loss of judgment... shameful outbursts... my colossal failure of judgment..." is much further than most people go.
Sullivan asks: "What was your favorite moment of Dishness?".
My answer is that when I think of The Dish, I find I don't have a favorite moment. I think of the incompleteness of Andrew Sullivan's self-criticism. I think of him casting himself as Curly of The Three Stooges in his enthusiastic prosecution of the intellectual War on Paul Krugman that, IIRC, began in 2001 with things like:
November 13, 2001: My revulsion at Paul Krugman’s increasingly hysterical attacks on the good faith of this administration...
May 11, 2001: NOSTRADAMUS AWARD: “Ah, but the details. The Krugmans and the Chaits will shortly have a cow, if not a whole herd of them.”... last week. “The Bush Tax Cut Is A Lie--Part I”--by Paul Krugman, The New Republic, this week. “The Bush Tax Cut Is A Lie--Part II”--by Jonathan Chait, The New Republic, same issue. Honest, I had no idea when I wrote my piece.
And, of course, the promises of and forecasts by the Bush administration of the consequences of passing its tax cut did not come true--and if Andrew Sullivan thought in 2001 that it was aimed at improving the lives of "waitress moms", he was the only one.
But the fact that, in general in the 2000s, Paul Krugman was right did not keep Sullivan from continuing to carry on his long, doomed, twilight struggle against realistic assessments of the economic situation. For example:
JUN 21, 2010: The Smug Condescension Of Paul Krugman: Kinsley takes aim:
Krugman himself looks at CBO projections of deficits declining from 10 percent of GDP now to four percent in 2014 before starting to rise again, and concedes that this is 'not enough.' Then he cavalierly says that all you need to solve the problem is (a) to bring health costs under control, and (b) a five-percent value added tax. Oh, is that all? I have no doubt that if Paul Krugman were economic dictator, we could impose these or other solutions. In the real world (or should I say 'unreal world') of current American politics, either one of these partial solutions is unthinkable without a catastrophic crisis to force our hand.
How hard is that to understand?
Well, Paul Krugman's forecast of what would happen to the deficit was correct. We have--at least for now--health-care costs under control without a catastrophic crisis. Not a value-added tax but a carbon tax is definitely on the agenda for 2021 if not 2017. Tuesday night George W. Bush's first Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Glenn Hubbard, was speaking besides me and pushing for not a value-added but for the enormous broadening of the tax base that comes from a shift to a consumption tax. And this morning Republican Committee Chairs Burr, Hatch, and Upton called for moving an ever-increasing share of the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance into the tax base as well.
Looks to me--just like back in 2001--like Krugman 3, Kinsley and Sullivan 0.
And it is not as though that piece is an outlier. A quick search through the Dish's archives for most recent mentions of Krugman pulls up these recent headlines:
The "Dick Morris Award" is not complimentary. And somehow I think "Krugman and Frum, Together At Last" is intended to be as uncomplimentary as Sullivan's November 2001 rhetorical attribution to Paul of a disordered womb was intended to be.
My bottom line: Dean Wormer and Spiderman did not say: great rhetorical powers and influence used irresponsibly is no way to go through life...
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig: The Economist Magazine Is Wrong About Welfare's Impact on Family http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120929/economist-magazine-wrong-about-welfares-impact-family
Rebecca Traister: Maternity Leave Policies in America Hurt Working Moms http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120939/maternity-leave-policies-america-hurt-working-moms
Jeet Heer: The New Republic's Legacy on Race: From Du Bois to the Bell Curve http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120884/new-republics-legacy-race
I am impressed!
Time to subscribe to the New New Republic, people...
Over on Twitter: Reflections in Tweets on Ezra Klein: What Andrew Sullivan's exit says about the future of blogging--an attempt to use Twitter to show how and why Twitter can and cannot be used for the conversational dialogue rather than the social-viral web.
Aggregated below the fold:
It is a true fact that Jon Chait's extremely ill-advised New York Magazine article crossed my desk at the same moment that I was watching this equally ill-advised piece by Meg Perrett and Rodrigo Kazuo go by. They try to condemn an eight-person classical moral-philosopher reading list for various sins against leftism1. The interesting thing is that they get no traction whatsoever, even though they are here at the University of California Berkeley at what Jonathan Chait imagines to be the hotbed of American crazy leftism.
Belle Waring administers the smackdown:
Dear Tampa Airport: Protip: Have a script that checks to be sure your wifi network is not currently wedged before you broadcast the announcement of free wifi over the public address system...
...announced that it is exploring jettisoning its struggling PC business in favor of investing more heavily in software, where it sees better potential for growth. Meanwhile, Google plans to buy up the cellphone handset maker Motorola Mobility. Both moves surprised the tech world. But both moves are also in line with a trend I've observed, one that makes me optimistic about the future growth of the American and world economies, despite the recent turmoil in the stock market.
In short, software is eating the world.
Can someone please tell me why my computer keeps trying to join ATTWiFi rather than AirBears?
...that will push that 1% up to 20% or so and that 10% up to 70% or so' What do you think these experiences ARE, Brad, that the experience machine needs to deliver?
If the experiences are things like:
compelled daily structure--you are expected to wake up at this time, go to classes at this time, spend this time reading
social pressure--everyone around you is behaving the same way. And while some frats at some party schools may be truly atrocious, one hopes that at most schools, most of the time, the expected norm is that you will be spending a limited amount of time watching TV, getting drunk, and chasing tail; and deviating too far from that norm will get people to look down on you and scorn you.
It seems unlikely that any MOOC can enforce either of these very well...
Over at Equitable Growth: The Financial Times has regrouped, reconfigured, and relaunched what was its A-List, now calling it "Exchange". When I first saw the title "A-List", I was envious--it seemed so perfectly right.
So now that it has been abandoned, I am going to pick up. the name. I am going to set up my own A-List by asking: what, in my view, was the Washington Center for Equitable Growth's A-List of people to pay attention to in the fall of 2014? What things I read led me to say "this is a must-read!" and "this is about 'equitable growth'"?
As with all revealed-preference exercises, there is no thought behind the list. READ MOAR
...went on sale a little over a century ago, our founding editor Herbert Croly outlined his vision to a reporter from The New York Times:
The magazine, which is to be a weekly review of current political and social events and a discussion of the theories they involve, is to represent progressive principles, but it is to be independent of any party, or individual in politics.
From that mild-seeming statement of purpose has emerged perhaps America’s most argumentative publication—a journal brimming with strong opinions beautifully elaborated (as well as a few duds). Croly’s vision is durable (perhaps because it's vague), giving his inheritors wide latitude to both adhere to his principles and fight over the specifics.