Rabies authority Bill Wasik calls this a paragraph "where every phrase makes you want to punch something." It says here that he is correct.
Bill Wasik, flash mob inventor/invigorator,and author of And Then There's This, is working to explain These Modern Times. His contention is that much of what passes for news is, obviously, roar and thunder. Current events explode in little bomb clusters of emotion-imbued waves of opinion-in part because the actual news is actually very difficult to understand. These "nanostories," he says, "serve as the lens through which we comprehend truly large, important, long-term stories."
Is there a disease more sensationally gruesome, more thrillingly disturbing than rabies? The macabre virus, which has haunted the imaginations (and nightmares) of nearly every human culture for thousands of years, is the subject of a new nonfiction book by Wired journalist Bill Wasik and veterinarian Monica Murphy, a husband-and-wife team perfectly matched to tackle the cultural history of this most dreaded of zoonotic infections.
In Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus, Wasik and Murphy explore rabies' influence on such diverse subjects as immunology, 19th-century celebrity, religion, and, of course, zombies, werewolves, and vampires. It's also a history of the relationship between humans and dogs—with [...]
The Internet is a tough town, we have noticed before. Well, not a town; a fat cluster of towns pushed up against each other, organized (obviously) by language spoken, but still a place where you can easily hop from village to village. OMG it all sounds like that movie Avatar, which, by the way, according to Comic-Con attendees who saw a hefty chunk of it, will blow your mind. The biggest town problem, however, is being given a bit of an old-people-confusing airing on the op-ed page of the Times today, in a piece by smart guy and Harper's editor (and flash mob prankster) Bill Wasik: that you are [...]
Two things to read! Why I Write For Free, which has to do somewhat with this Ben Kunkel n+1 recent piece about the experience of the Internet, which we could barely address except via LOLcat last week, but also about the current FUROR that apparently is raging about the state of unpaid labor in the online writing industry. (Agreed: It is bad when rich people cannot find room in their business plans to pay poor people!) And also here are some people talking about the Bill Wasik book, And Then There's This, which is about, its subtitle says, "How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture." Those [...]