Not Farewell, But Fare Forward
“The only constant is change, continuing change, inevitable change: that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.”
Isaac Asimov said that, and while Novel Copy never found any direct inspiration from Asimov, he provides solace and inspiration moving forward. Today marks the end of Novel Copy; this is its last post.
Our blog about the media could not help but consider the world as it will be. In fact, the future of communication media was its central preoccupation. From books and newspapers to the content cloud and smartphones, we’ve looked at where information is going and how it will get there. Out blog is now carried on most directly by Matthew Nibet’s Age of Engagement, and Parag and Ayesha Khanna’s Hybrid Reality. Both blogs are keen observers of that place where media and technology meet.
Since 2009, we have seen the Kindle rise from its early obscurity to threaten the existence of book publishers and agents. We’ve seen the fall of local newspapers and the debt of established ones skyrocket. We’ve seen startups and established publications struggle to create new business models; we’ve seen content placed behind paywalls. We’ve seen Google and Apple confirm their dominance—Google now attempts to determine government policy over Internet accessibility and Apple more than ever represents the future of computing. We’ve seen an Internet startup, WikiLeaks, challenge government in ways that no newspaper has. We’ve seen Islam promoted through the media as both demon and—something less than demon. In a case of original reporting, we’ve seen the U.N. Climate Change apparatus at work in Barcelona; the conference directly preceded the historic meeting in Copenhagen.
To end with a quotation that provides more inspiration on such occasions:
“Not farewell, but fare forward, voyagers.”
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
The stories we tell define history. So who gets the mic in America?
- History is written by lions. But it's also recorded by lambs.
- In order to understand American history, we need to look at the events of the past as more prismatic than the narrative given to us in high school textbooks.
- Including different voices can paint a more full and vibrant portrait of America. Which is why more walks of American life can and should be storytellers.
There is no doubt that the historical Jesus, the man who was executed by the Roman State in the first century CE, was a brown-skinned, Middle Eastern Jew.
I grew up in a Christian home, where a photo of Jesus hung on my bedroom wall. I still have it. It is schmaltzy and rather tacky in that 1970s kind of way, but as a little girl I loved it. In this picture, Jesus looks kind and gentle, he gazes down at me lovingly. He is also light-haired, blue-eyed, and very white.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
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