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The Death of the Critic

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Roger Ebert (“Your Movie Sucks“) discusses the demise of film criticism:

The celebrity culture is infantilizing us. We are being trained not to think. It is not about the disappearance of film critics. We are the canaries. It is about the death of an intelligent and curious, readership, interested in significant things and able to think critically. It is about the failure of our educational system. It is not about dumbing-down.

I’ll just add that one thing which makes me to turn off a tv documentary is when I realise that all it contains is statements (“soundbites”) without arguments. I turn off lots of tv documentaries these days – or rather: I don’t turn on the tv to watch them.

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November 26th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

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links for 2008-11-26

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  • Tania Bubela from the University of Alberta, Canada, led a team of researchers who investigated 201 pharmaceutical and 352 herbal remedy newspaper articles, and studied the 48 pharmaceutical and 57 herbal remedy clinical trials that the stories referred to. For both complementary and mainstream medicine, stories under-reported risk and lacked any disclosure of trial funding or scientists' conflicts of interest. Bubela said, "There were significant errors of omission of basic information such as dose, sample size and methods for randomized clinical trials. In addition, there is an under-reporting of risks, especially in the context of herbal remedies".
  • Germany is in better shape than many to weather the financial crisis. But, this column argues, it needs to raise private consumption with a substantial fiscal stimulus and higher real wages, lest it run the risk of slipping into combined stagnation and deflation.
  • Many academics, policy makers, and business leaders stress the importance of local conditions for explaining spatial differences in entrepreneurship and economic development. This column assesses the importance of various forces for agglomeration. The empirical evidence suggests that market effects, such as proximity to input suppliers and labour market pooling, play a big role, while there is less support for factors like entrepreneurial culture and industrial diversity.
  • A compendium of what services and companies are no longer available for our Internet pleasure and use.
    (tags: internet)
  • Today, the average size soft drink is 20 ounces and contains 17 teaspoons of sugar. More startling is that some citric acids found in fruit drinks are more erosive than hydrochloric or sulfuric acidówhich is also known as battery acid. These refined sugars and acids found in soda and citrus juice promote tooth erosion, which wears away the hard part of the teeth, or the enamel. Once tooth enamel is lost, it's gone forever. There is a beverage that does not produce such irreversible results. When deciding between the many options available, the best thing to drink is brewed tea, according to a study in the July/August issue of General Dentistry, the clinical, peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

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November 26th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

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A minor public service announcement: I’m trying to figure out is my web-hotel and domain registrar has all its marbles in its database. The thing is that I keep getting messages that the domain expires on November 28, 2008 on the control panel.

But I have already paid for two more years of jacobchristensen.name – which the account also shows. In any event, I’ll make a back-up of the blog’s database. I have one or the other domain lying around for other uses.

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November 26th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

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