Less yay: Spammer insulted my spelling; this annoys me far more than the fake praise, but why? They’re both spam.
Links both fannish and not:
Distinguishing science advocates from scientists: a cartoon.
Political fandom: how a Canadian TV hero became a Serbian political icon.
Clay Shirky on who benefits from a read-only culture:
I had a student looking at Super PACs a while ago, and we said, “Let’s try and find out what the Super PACs’ social media strategy is.” As she came back about 10 days later, she said, “I think I know what the Super PAC’s social media strategy is: Don’t use it.” That’s exactly the whole point of being a Super PAC, to be able to spend unlimited money on the kind of media where no one has the right or the ability to respond, and to minimize transparency. This election feels to me, right now, more Nixon-Kennedy than Obama-McCain because television has become the tool of choice for the source of unlimited fundraising. Politicians like television better; nobody gets to yell back to you if you’re yelling on TV.And finally: Matt Taibbi, The Scam Wall Street Learned from the Mafia: what bid-rigging is and why it hurt everyone in America (not to mention the rest of the world).