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America the Digital (Part 1)

Obama
over 2 years ago

Episode one of a miniseries on the Internet and the American Voter Following the 2008 presidential election, in which Barack Obama raised an impressive $750 million thanks in part to small online donations, it seemed that the Internet had changed politics forever. For techies and media theorists ...

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How to Resist the Irresistible

Presents
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? Do holiday sales make your palms sweat, eliciting the kinds of emotional reactions (pressure, nervousness, glee) you'd usually reserve for loved ones? That's because they're designed to. As anyone who has run out for a box of trash bags and returned with a lifetime supply of ...

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Creative Destruction: Peter Thum's Fonderie 47

Fonderie
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? After the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, a new arms race was joined with the Soviet Union. This arms race led to the proliferation of nuclear weapons. It also led to the development of the first lightweight automatic rifle, the AK-47 ...

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Smell My Tweet!

Header
over 2 years ago

It's dangerous business calling any tech innovation idiotic these days. The next thing you know, the company's worth $50 billion. But it is hard to imagine many (hearing) people beyond the odd dorm-room prankster wanting to own Olly, a USB plug-in that allows you to associate smells with your ...

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Henry Rollins: America the Selfish

Henry_r_hope
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea?  The writing’s on the wall. The 2012 presidential race is shaping up to be a truly dispiriting, lackluster slog. Herman Cain and Rick Perry keep making news for all the wrong reasons. Like the “Red Shirts” in a Star Trek landing party, they’re both conspicuously doomed ...