The striking thing about the real Zuckerberg, in video and in print, is the relative banality of his ideas concerning the “Why” of Facebook. He uses the word “connect” as believers use the word “Jesus,” as if it were sacred in and of itself: “So the idea is really that, um, the site helps everyone connect with people and share information with the people they want to stay connected with….” Connection is the goal. The quality of that connection, the quality of the information that passes through it, the quality of the relationship that connection permits—none of this is important. That a lot of social networking software explicitly encourages people to make weak, superficial connections with each other (as Malcolm Gladwell has recently argued1), and that this might not be an entirely positive thing, seem to never have occurred to him.

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/nov/25/generation-why/?paginati… (via @gtnorvell)

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In interviews prior to the release of her most recent film Salt, Jolie admits that she was vegan for a long time and that it “nearly killed” her. “I found that I was not getting enough nutrition,” says Jolie.  http://bit.ly/fW26pb

And cares deeply still, every day. “People come up to Drew and don’t say, ‘Congratulations,'” says Saints veteran tackle Jon Stinchcomb. “They say, ‘Thank you. Thank you for coming here.'”

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1179401/1/index.htm#ixzz17NktlEwN
Awesome article. Must read.

I don’t agree with almost anything Chris Christie, the new Republican governor of New Jersey, has to say. But the popularity of his leadership right now is instructive. New Jersey has voted Democratic in every presidential election since 1992, with Obama carrying the state by a landslide margin of almost 15 percentage points. Yet Christie now has a higher approval number (51 percent) in the latest Quinnipiac state poll than either Obama or New Jersey’s two senators, both Democrats. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/opinion/05rich.html?

The funny thing is that this sense of expediency, the lack of accountability, and one set of rules for the powerful and another set for everyone else, is now coming to permeate American society. http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/At_least_not_quite_as_many_people…