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Week Of 1.30.12

February 3, 2012

-This week began with another of Franzen’s decries against technology, then a lot of response (encouraged by Amazon’s new publishing plan), then finally it got so bad NPR had to say what we were all thinking: No More E-Books Vs. Print Books Arguments, OK?

-Then, two pieces on the American prison system. This from n+1, is powerful and disturbing. This from the New Yorker is less severe, just as compelling. What’s unique about the prison system crisis is that it is reaching critical points while crime is dropping–increasing the chance that nobody will pay attention until it’s too late.

-Occupy has been out of the news directly lately, but as this article points out, the conversation continues. For our part, it’s time to start thinking about how we can continue the movement online and in conversational spaces of value.

-Komen says, “Just kidding” today, reinstating funds for planned parenthood after yanking them earlier this week. Meanwhile, the Catholic Church continues to bury its head in the sand.

-J.D. Salinger, one of my new favorites, is celebrated this week.

-Introverts are cool, too. FYI.

-And finally, something that contributes to a line of thinking I’ve had recently. Look out for more on this blog about why place matters.

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