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21st Century Living

Life and relationships in the internet age

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21st Century Living

Making Sense of Senselessness

Boston-bomb
about 1 year ago

1. Nicholas Thompson writes at The New Yorker: There’s something particularly devastating about an attack on a marathon. It’s an epic event in which men and women appear almost superhuman. The winning men run for hours at a pace even normal fit people can only hold in a sprint. But it’s also so ...

21st Century Living

The Power of Listening

Jeffrey-wright
about 1 year ago

Marlon Brando said one of the best things that I've heard about actors.  He said, “An actor is a guy who if you ain’t talking about him he ain’t listening” -- which has been my experience. Listening is a critical component of acting, but from a business perspective there needs to be one step ...

21st Century Living

The Artist's Journey

Schnabel
about 1 year ago

I think you can become an artist through upheaval, through trauma and through a lot of unexplainable means, but it depends if you want to know about art or if you want to be an artist.  I think there is a difference.   I think somebody can be educated about art and if somebody has talent they ...

21st Century Living

Do We Need a Bill of Rights for Robots?

Shutterstock_66888373
about 1 year ago

I didn’t know if a robot could ever actually get to the point of having rights under the Constitution. The Constitution has a number of different nouns that it uses to describe who it applies to.  Some of the rights are only for citizens.  A lot of the rights are for persons.  And I think to start ...

21st Century Living

Villains Have the Most Fun

Jonathan
about 1 year ago

The bad guy is often the easiest role to play, because they are often the best written. The screenwriter can have fun and indulge while the good guys react most of the time to that.  It’s become a kind of historical fact now that British actors, on the whole, play the bad guys. I don't know why ...