invisible armies

  • “The Business Of Literature Is Blowing Shit Up”

    “The Business Of Literature Is Blowing Shit Up”

    If you love books--heck, if you even like 'em--run, don't walk, and read this magnificent, magisterial essay by Richard Nash on their past, present and future. It's long. Don't be frightened. But even if the Internet has shredded your attention span, at least scroll down to its epic final paragraph. Go on. I'll wait. It's been a rotten decade for book publishers, newspapers, and anyone else… Read More

  • Steal This Book!

    Steal This Book!

    Nobody wants to be told that their business model is obsolete. Ask Kodak. Or Hollywood. And the publishing industry is slower on its feet than most. Bookstores don't want to believe that they'll ultimately lose 75% of their pre-e-book business to that scourge plus Amazon delivery. (I'm assuming e-book market share will eventually plateau somewhere north of 50%.) Meanwhile, publishers cling to the… Read More

  • Welcome To The Panopticon

    Welcome To The Panopticon

    And so it begins. Carnegie Mellon researchers recently combined Facebook profile pictures and PittPatt's facial recognition software to identify supposedly-anonymous pictures from a dating site. Now they're planning to demo a smartphone app that identifies faces by tapping into cloud-based image databases and recognition software. What's next? That's a question I've been thinking about for a… Read More