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February 8, 2012 at 3:20 p.m.

James Fallows, on why it's ok to give "iffy" answers to questions about China:

If anyone starts telling you with "certainty" what is or is not going to happen in China, you should mistrust that person -- precisely because of the certainty. There are contradictory pressures, trends, and "truths" in every part of the country every day. You can imagine the current system surviving more or less intact for another generation. You can also imagine it blowing up -- and, after it has happened, either would seem "inevitable" and "pre-ordained." So while this may seem like equivocation, it's actually a ...

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"The easy way isn't even an option."

June 11, 2011 at 2:27 p.m.

Over the months of the Chicago mayoral race, like a lot of people, I became a huge fan of MayorEmanuel, and the vulgar stream of ad hoc literature that sprung from the mind of Dan Sinker. Which is funny, because I've still never been to Chicago. I should fix that.

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On Building Communities

May 26, 2011 at 11:56 a.m.

Building communities on the Internet is a new kind of profession. There are an awful lot of technology companies, founded by programmers, who think they are building communities on the Internet, but they’re really just building software and wondering why the community doesn’t magically show up.

From Joel Spolsky, talking about modern community building, who goes on to detail the unique challenges of the field.

Even better, there's a job opening at the end.

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What Business is HuffPo In?

February 13, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.

One reason that The Huffington Post gets a lot of criticism for not paying its bloggers is because most people think of it as a publishing company, when really — like Facebook — it is more of a technology company. Whether the content is paid or unpaid, the site is able to generate a comparatively large amount of revenue from it because of things like search engine optimization, and the way that its editors use their page space: a poorly-performing article will all but disappear from the site almost as soon as it is posted, while a strong one can hold its ...

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Secrets and Facts

January 14, 2011 at 12:23 a.m.

Reporters like secrets because that's sort of the raison d'etre of reporting: Getting new information into the world. Secrets are the things that you really need reporters to find out. But a lot of the secrets that end up getting attention -- so-and-so said such-and-such about this-and-that -- tend to be embarrassing rather than revelatory. And the relevant policy players aren't thinking about those secrets when they make the relevant policy decisions. They're thinking about age structures in Egypt. Thinking about age structures in Egypt is, after all, why they were hired for the job in the first ...

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A Quote from Josh Marshall

December 29, 2010 at 5:08 p.m.

[T]he truth is that there's no reason at all that open standards like -- html and css being the big examples which powers most of the web -- can't provide more functionality, cooler stuff, etc. Indeed, there's every reason to think that they can actually provide more. Indeed, the whole idea that you design a new version of an information product for different devices is a really old-fashioned concept in a lot of ways. That was the way the major stake holders originally wanted to run the internet -- with Compuserve and AOL or with all the innovation and ...

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