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In the News 26.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 26.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the InternetsIn the News 26.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets



1. The Long War Between Highbrow and Lowbrow

Pop culture is making us dumber, crasser, more immoral, and, especially, less adult. Such, at least, has been the claim of a number of articles over the last year or so. At Slate, Ruth Graham skewered YA fiction as catering to “escapism, instant gratification and nostalgia,” and the non-children who read it: “Fellow grown-ups, at the risk of sounding snobbish and joyless and old, we are better than this.” A.O. Scott, more ambivalently and convolutedly, echoed that sentiment at the New York Times, where he sees the rise of Y.A. literature and a host of other factors as leading to the “death of adulthood.” William Giraldi at the New Republic declared the success of 50 Shades of Grey a sign that “We’re an infirm, ineffectual tribe still stuck in some sort of larval stage.

Read the rest of this article at Pacific Standard



2. How to make a fortune without ‘doing’ anything: The Uber, Airbnb story

“Cast in the new age rhetoric of the so-called sharing economy, many firms make money by not being responsible for much of anything.”

Read the rest of this article at Fortune



3. Understanding “New Power”

“We all sense that power is shifting in the world. We see increasing political protest, a crisis in representation and governance, and upstart businesses upending traditional industries. But the nature of this shift tends to be either wildly romanticized or dangerously underestimated.”

Read the rest of this article at The Harvard Business Review



4. Sex Lies And Income Distribution

“The dawn of the twenty-first century has proved unsettling. It was not what we expected. Only a few years ago, the world was full with apparently justified optimism. The new century would be free of the ideological fights that plagued the twentieth. A consensus emerged that markets and democracy were the basis for healthy societies; the prospect of a war between superpowers faded into the past; a “new economy” born out of the combination of computers and telecommunications was emerging and globalization was uniting the world into a happy global village. Countries all over the world liberalized their economies and joined the ranks of democracy.”

Read the rest of this article at Quartz



5. The Quiet German

“While most of Europe stagnates, Germany is an economic juggernaut, with low unemployment and a resilient manufacturing base. The ongoing monetary crisis of the euro zone has turned Germany, Europe’s largest creditor nation, into a regional superpower—one of Merkel’s biographers calls her “the Chancellor of Europe.” While America slides into ever-deeper inequality, Germany retains its middle class and a high level of social solidarity. Angry young protesters fill the public squares of countries around the world, but German crowds gather for outdoor concerts and beery World Cup celebrations. Now almost pacifist after its history of militarism, Germany has stayed out of most of the recent wars that have proved punishing and inconclusive for other Western countries.”

Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker


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



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