Posts Tagged: george packer

Ideas Perish

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In the past few weeks, two bloggers have been murdered in Bangladesh for writing critically about Islam. Reflecting on the deaths of Washiqur Rahman and Avijit Roy, George Packer argues in favor of intellectual freedom: The problem with free speech is that it’s hard, and self-censorship is the path of least resistance. But, once you […]

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The Real Crisis

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Along with the other onslaught of reactions to The New Republic’s mass resignation, George Packer offers his own response at the New Yorker, suggesting that the “collapse” (along with the recent Rolling Stone debacle) shows a “crisis” in journalism: The crisis in journalism is a business crisis, and it’s been going on for twenty years; […]

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Amazon.com vs. The Universe?

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In The New Yorker this week, George Packer covers what sounds like a battle between serf states but is actually the heated war between Amazon, Apple and the Big 6 publishers. He gives us the low-down on Amazon’s tumultuous foray into online publishing and their monopoly on the ebook industry. This isn’t the first time […]

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Rumpus Original – The Best of NOT 2008

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We asked for the best books people read this year NOT published in 2008. We did this because even writers rarely read more than a handful of books actually published that year. Usually the best books are recommended from people we trust, and that can take a while. Here at Rumpus, we don’t worry about […]

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