I'm sorry-- are you really questioning whether there are people in the world who were surveilling Assange? Or that there are a lot of people who would like to kill him?
This is the perfect example of someone's desire to be a sophisticate rendering them very stupid.
The washing machine has had a far larger impact on human history than the internet.
@Nick Douglas Yes, but that doesn't change the basic fact that Apple has an ancient business plan-- make products and charge people more to buy them than you paid to make them. That is very different from Twitter's business plan, which is to sell ads, in a brutally competitive online advertising environment, and to sell "analytics" like all the kids these days want to do, which are totally unproven to be of much use to the people who buy them.
I've always argued a lot, which suits me fine. The difference lately has been that I'm always defending myself about stuff I haven't said and don't believe, rather than defending myself about stuff I have said and do believe. I put so many hedges into my writing about what I am explicitly not saying that it takes up the majority of the text. But if you don't do that, someone will squint hard enough and say, AHA! You're really saying X terrible thing! Even though, you know, I haven't said anything like X terrible thing. It's exhausting.
a branch hire tweeting on a human face forever
how do I work computer?
Is this fucking dude for real?
Of course the people who hate that column hate it. It's about them. I don't get how so many marginally intelligent people can't recognize when they are too close to a subject to evaluate it rationally.
I think the reaction to the Brooks piece is a good example of the problem with a permanent commentary class-- they can't achieve the perspective necessary when they're the ones being discussed.
not to piggyback on Balk but "all-annihilating fear of death" springs to mind