Our haste to embrace globalization is one of the clearest culprits. In the name of globalization, the U.S. has relentlessly pursued business partnerships with countries that are home to relentless intellectual property (IP) theft. It almost seems as though the more evidence there is of piracy in a country, the more IT business and investment we bring in. The relationship is simple: unpunished IP theft coupled with an increase in IT abroad has exponentially increased the overall amount of IP theft. Simply put, the more there is to steal, the more will be stolen.
Ex-hilarator cuts and mixes old cartoons with captions, releasing surrealist goodness.
The cartoon with its sheer endless humoristic allegories is among the oldest of trades, and a creative one at that. We want to breathe new life into all those used and out-laughed witnesses
of human tragedy - but how? We have asked our friend algorithmic random generator to give us a hand. We split the image from the text and shove the gag into a new interpretation (with an element of sadism, one might add).
I'm increasingly fascinated by applications which try to aggregate as much human thinking as possible into one narrow focus. Google's Zeitgeist digests a year of searches into a page. Others are faster, more to the moment: Blogdexgathering up leading blog stories, Google News bubbling up the leading stories from thousands of media sources, Daypop grabbing the biggest News and blog posts it can find.
My current favorite is Daypop's Wordburst. This sorts out leading stories, then extracts keywords from them. It's like a poetic language snapshot of the global brain - here's the latest:
Do you see yourself as part of any particular literary tradition?
I absolutely look to -- consciously, knowingly look back on -- those 19th-century serialized, potboiler novelists as people who are on to something. They got something right. There was something about living in that environment that made these guys incredibly productive. Dickens was the same deal. I do not have the sheer guts that it would take to serialize something. Before you've written the last chapter, the first chapter has already been published, so you can't go back and change anything to make it all work out. I just do not have the sheer chutzpah to start publishing stuff before it's all done. Mine is a pretty risk-averse strategy.