Everything is terrible at present, and the brief Internet breaks I've gotten during the Brett Kimberlin/blogger trial have largely been spent watching reactions to and covering of the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri.
What the world needs now is a Twitter fight among Nassim Taleb (the pretentious author of The Black Swan), Prof Jeff Jarvis (the parody of new media evangelists staged by Rurik Bradbury), and the real Jeff Jarvis (the Web guru who proves how far you can get with lots of jargon and few results).
@nntaleb Sir, you are being trolled by an asshole with a fake account who thinks he's funny & is wrong--not by me.— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) August 12, 2014
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.