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In the News 03.10.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 03.10.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

In the News 03.10.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

 


 

1. The Medium Is the Message, 50 Years Later

“For those in the dark, what McLuhan had to say goes something like this: Way back when, humans communicated orally. Ears and mouths were key in an environment dominated by sound. With the invention of the alphabet and written words, sight became the paramount sense. Reading was also linear, logical, and done in solitude, which led to the individualization of both people and nations. Then came electronic media: telegraphs, telephones, televisions. These devices, in their ability to traverse both time and space, re-tribalized society. McLuhan deemed this new predicament the Global Village. “The world is now like a continually sounding tribal drum where everybody gets the message all of the time,” McLuhan said during an interview in 1960. “A princess gets married in England and boom, boom, boom go the drums. We all hear about it. An earthquake in North Africa, a Hollywood star gets drunk—away go the drums again.” But the content of the message isn’t what matters; what matters is the medium, because it is the medium that modifies our senses when processing the received information. McLuhan’s implications are radical, and certainly beyond any anxieties over the etiquette involved in adopting new technologies.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Pacific Standard

 


 

2. How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math

“Learning math and then science as an adult gave me passage into the empowering world of engineering. But these hard-won, adult-age changes in my brain have also given me an insider’s perspective on the neuroplasticity that underlies adult learning. Fortunately, my doctoral training in systems engineering—tying together the big picture of different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) disciplines—and then my later research and writing focusing on how humans think have helped me make sense of recent advances in neuroscience and cognitive psychology related to learning.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Nautilus

 


 

3. Before the Law

“The Bronx courts are so clogged that when a lawyer asks for a one-week adjournment the next court date usually doesn’t happen for six weeks or more. As long as a prosecutor has filed a Notice of Readiness, however, delays caused by court congestion don’t count toward the number of days that are officially held to have elapsed. Every time a prosecutor stood before a judge in Browder’s case, requested a one-week adjournment, and got six weeks instead, this counted as only one week against the six-month deadline. Meanwhile, Browder remained on Rikers, where six weeks still felt like six weeks—and often much longer.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker

 


 

4. The Merkel Effect: What Today’s Germany Owes to Its Once-Communist East

“The revolution also created the conditions for something new, a different Germany. The institutions haven’t changed and the West German economy continues to dominate, but something has also flowed in the opposite direction. Could it be that the Federal Republic of Germany, which has been gazing westward since 1949, has become more eastern in the last few years?”

 
Read the rest of this article at Speigel Online

 


 

5. Vice: We’ve Been Had, and We Let It Happen

“Shane Smith has said that Vice was building the next MTV. They’ve built something different altogether, something much more significant than MTV is now, through making it up as they went along. Vice got huge by inventing its own audience.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Hazzlit

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

[images : 1- Frida Gustavsson // 2 + 3 – photography by Oddur Thorisson for Manger]

 
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