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“Primates on Facebook” — “Even online, the neocortex is the limit” to how many people we can really have as friends. People who use more textual shortcuts (lk whn they txt in skl) when texting have higher reading skills. The coverage seems to assume this is causal, but it’s almost surely just an association —…

In a wonderful post at Mind Hacks, Vaughn, writing on “The myth of the concentration oasis” makes an argument that rather challenges my resistance to it: The ‘modern technology is hurting our brain’ argument is widespread but it seems so short-sighted. It’s based on the idea that before digital communication technology came along, people spent…

In an interesting essay at Slate’s The Big Money, Jill Priluck argues that book authors must “transcend their words and become brands” if they’re to sell books. Andrew Sullivan agrees : My own view is that the publishing industry deserves to die in its current state. It never made economic sense to me; there are…

Someone finally did a review study on TV — including “educational DVDs” — and infants. Among results that should not surprise … Watching TV programmes or DVDs aimed at infants can actually delay language development, according to a number of studies. For example, a 2008 Thai study published in Acta Paediatrica found that if children…

Blogging with (bad) style

For, well, about 6 months now I’ve been meaning to riff on this riff about internet writing from Steamboats Are Ruining Everything. As I can’t seem to get in tune, or plugged in, or somehting, I’ll just let Steamboats take it away: If I were to interpret those tugs, I would say that writing on…