Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Dark Scans Of Deleuze
Some scans of a book containing an interview with the Big D can be read here.

Of particular interest to C*S*F are his thoughts on the relationship of the press with authors and intellectuals. A part of the diatribe Deleuze unleashes while speaking of "the new philosophers": Journalism has discovered an autonomous and sufficient thought within itself. This is why, if we pursue this line of argument to its limit, a book is worth less than the newspaper article written about it or the interview that comes after it. Intellectuals and writers, even artists, are thus forced to become journalists if they want to conform to the norm. [Tired of transcribing, read a crop from the scan..]

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Reuters reports from virtual world
In an very interesting development, Reuters has opened a "virtual bureau" in Second Life, called the Reuters Atrium.

Adam Reuters is Reuters' bureau chief in Second Life. In real life, he is Adam Pasick, a veteran tech and media journalist.


Friday, October 13, 2006

Jack Shafer coins a new term - newsbooks, and about time:

Whoever said long stories put off readers hasn't scanned the New York Times best-seller list lately. Even though newspapers and magazines have crammed their pages with Iraq reporting, readers seem insatiable on the topic. The current Times list features four heavily reported and lengthy books about the Iraq adventure: Hubris, by Michael Isikoff and David Corn; Fiasco, by Thomas Ricks; State of Denial, by Bob Woodward; and Imperial Life in the Emerald City, by Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

All four titles belong to the genre I call the "newsbook," which straddles the space between contemporary history and daily journalism and is usually hooked to Washington and politics. Unlike most conventional histories, newsbooks are written by journalists and they're composed at breakneck speed.