What it means to have all music instantly available.
Is there any song now that can't be found online?Lester Bangs, the late, great early-rock critic, once said he dreamed of having a basement with every album ever released in it. That's a fantasy…
Author: Bill Wyman
Published: April 19, 2011
Length: 3 minutes (885 words)
Red Bull's Billionaire Maniac
Dietrich Mateschitz is making a bold move into TV, movies, and magazines. What's the visionary behind a $5 billion-a-year soft-drink empire doing in the media business? Just what he's always…
Published: May 19, 2011
Length: 3 minutes (771 words)
Paper Tigers
Published: April 13, 2009
Length: 3 minutes (947 words)
The Visionary
Jaron Lanier has become the go-to pundit for people lamenting the social changes wrought by modern technology. Last year, he published “You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto,” a provocative critique of digital technologies, including Wikipedia (which he called a triumph of “intellectual mob rule”) and social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, which he has described as dehumanizing and designed to encourage shallow interactions. Teen-agers, he writes, may vigilantly maintain their online reputations, but they do so “driven more by fear than by love.” In our conversation about Facebook’s face-recognition software, he added, “It’ll just create a more paranoid society with a fakey-fakey social life—much like what happened in Communist countries, where people had a fake social life that the Stasi could see, and then this underground life.”
Published: July 11, 2011
Length: 20 minutes (5004 words)
Corruption in India: 'All your life you pay for things that should be free'
Anna Hazare waves to the crowd during an anti-corruption protest in Delhi. Photograph: AP Vishal is an ordinary man with an ordinary story of corruption in
Author: Jason Burke
Published: Aug. 19, 2011
Length: 5 minutes (1391 words)
The Insurgent
20 August 2011 S HORTLY AFTER ANNA HAZARE broke his fast-unto-death on 9 April, a group of young people encircled a small man with a black moustache at Jantar Mantar and began shouting…
Length: 29 minutes (7427 words)
The barra bravas: the violent Argentinian gangs controlling football
Like many of those living in Villa Fiorito, one of Argentina's most dangerous slums, Jose Mendez takes his shots at glory when he can like the day five years ago when he slung the shirt of a…
Author: Annie Kelly
Published: Aug. 21, 2011
Length: 10 minutes (2731 words)
Longreads
Jonathan Ive: How Did a British Polytechnic Graduate Become Apple's Design Genius? It is hard to know what is the greater intrigue: recent conjecture…
Length: 5 minutes (1442 words)
Apple COO Tim Cook could be in line to replace Steve Jobs
The genius behind SteveCould operations whiz Tim Cook run the company someday?By Adam Lashinsky, senior writerLast Updated: November 10, 2008: 10:25 AM ET (Fortune Magazine) -- Let's start with…
Published: Nov. 10, 2008
Length: 16 minutes (4128 words)
How private firms have cashed in on the climate of fear since 9/11
A US homeland security helicopter patrol over New York in 2003. Photograph: US Coast Guard/AFP/Getty Images Charles Smith always enjoyed visiting US troops aboard. Though a…
Author: Paul Harris
Published: Sept. 5, 2011
Length: 6 minutes (1693 words)
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