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
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The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.