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May 18, 2008

"it's as if they were never there"

…That might be the atomized fate of the West in general: desperately seeking visions, alone in the wild, surrounded by portable gadgetry.

BLDGBLOG: The Digital Replacement of the Natives

May 15, 2008

not all white voters are alike?

Talking Points Memo | Obama’s Is an Appalachia Problem, Not a Whites Problem

What people don’t understand about Appalachia is that we’ve heard all this ‘hope’ and ‘change’ stuff since the English kicked the Scotch-Irish out in the 1700s.

Dear Edie

I have a lot of things to teach you now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree in North Carolina on a cold winter moonlit night.

A Letter From Jack | Edie Kerouac Parker

"At this point in my life, I find myself obsessed with alternate paths I could’ve taken."

I show up in a town and call up my friends, and I’m like, “Guys, we gotta go out. Let’s hang out, I haven’t seen you in forever.” And their response is “Yeah, well, our baby needs to be going to sleep and I can’t be out all hours of the night anymore. It’s time to move on in our lives into another phase; we can’t live in this perpetual adolescence forever.”

Paste Magazine :: The Meaning of Life by Ben Gibbard.

May 9, 2008

Omar Wasow on the digital divide

On The Media: Transcript of "Search is the New Black" (May 2, 2008)

And what we’ve seen with the Internet is that the digital divide was really, I think, more about a moment in time where there was a lag between early adopters and mass America. It’s become something that’s much more part of the fabric of everyday America, including black America.

Where we do see a divide on the Internet continues to be around sort of class and education, less so about race.

Omar Wasow spoke with On the Media’s Bob Garfield about African-American media.