August 26, 2006A Taxonomy of Knowledge - The Atlantic
Not all books are created equal. To a librarian, at least, this truth is self-evident: some books are too important to lend out at all.
Fireside Chat: The Long Tail - Signal vs. Noise
The theory of the Long Tail is that our culture and economy is increasingly shifting away from a focus on a relatively small number of "hits" at the head of the demand curve and toward a huge number of niches in the tail. In this chat, the participants discuss the impact of the tail, mass amateurization, the role of reviews/recommendations, and how, in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 people.
Universities put Hollywood ahead of students - Boing Boing
One thing that's becoming increasingly clear from these factors is that students often need as much protection from their universities as they do from the entertainment industry's slipshod copyright enforcer thugs.
Ten Toes in the Multimedia Waters - Poynteronline
Old media certainly are trying new tricks. You might argue, though, that audio, video, picture galleries, podcasts, staff blogs, the deep background and interview tapes in big-story packages, are all new versions of us-talking-to-you. Using the Gillmor-Rosen terminology, these are more like enhanced lectures than true conversations.
Music Makes Your Brain Happy - Wired
Through studies of music and the brain, we've learned to map out specific areas involved in emotion, timing and perception -- and production of sequences. They've told us how the brain deals with patterns and how it completes them when there's misinformation.