jtotheizzoe:

Jonah Lehrer Admits to Fabricating Quotes, Stonewalling, Resigns

Jonah Lehrer has admitted to fabricating Bob Dylan quotes in his newest book Imagine. This comes just weeks after the famed neuroscience writer was caught “self-plagiarizing” his own content on his New Yorker blog. 

It has just been announced that he is resigning from The New Yorker, and his publisher is ceasing shipment of his new book immediately.

The original story was broken by Tablet Magazine’s Michael C. Moynihan, but their website has since crashed (although it may go back up at any time). I’ve copied the entire story into a public Google Doc here.



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We could argue about what’s worse, but as John R. Edlund of CSU Pomona, an English professor who writes about plagiarism, told the Atlantic Wire, “I think Mr. Lehrer’s current offenses are more about fraud than plagiarism, although he was accused of self-plagiarism in the past. He is now accused of fabricating quotations to fit his analysis. If he were writing a historical novel based on actual people, but fictionalized and marketed as fiction, this would be O.K. However, he sold this book as non-fiction. He can interpret what Dylan said all he wants, but he should be interpreting Dylan’s own words as stated in clearly documented sources.”

As for the speed with which he was busted, maybe it’s simply easier in these Internet days, where facts that are questionable can be called out and easily checked, where deja-vu-causing paragraphs can be plugged into Google search engines and confirmed as actual repeats. But also, everyone’s looking for a scoop, and this sort of news is news that any hard-working writer with the drive to find it probably has the access to uncover.


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July 31, 2012

We could argue about what’s worse, but as John R. Edlund of CSU Pomona, an English professor who writes about plagiarism, told the Atlantic Wire, “I think Mr. Lehrer’s current offenses are more about fraud than plagiarism, although he was accused of self-plagiarism in the past. He is now accused of fabricating quotations to fit his analysis. If he were writing a historical novel based on actual people, but fictionalized and marketed as fiction, this would be O.K. However, he sold this book as non-fiction. He can interpret what Dylan said all he wants, but he should be interpreting Dylan’s own words as stated in clearly documented sources.”

As for the speed with which he was busted, maybe it’s simply easier in these Internet days, where facts that are questionable can be called out and easily checked, where deja-vu-causing paragraphs can be plugged into Google search engines and confirmed as actual repeats. But also, everyone’s looking for a scoop, and this sort of news is news that any hard-working writer with the drive to find it probably has the access to uncover.


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July 31, 2012

emergentfutures:

Nintendo reports operating loss of $132M as Wii sales drop off a cliff

Rivals Microsoft and Sony have been gaining share for a while. The company is experiencing the Osborne effect, in which sales of its current generation console are dropping because it has announced its next-generation machine. Nintendo reported Wii sales of 710,000 in the quarter, down from 1.56 million units a year earlier. The handheld 3DS sold 1.86 million units, an increase from 710,000 a year earlier. The older DS sold 540,000 units compared to 1.44 million a year ago.

Full Story: Venture Beat


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July 31, 2012

kateoplis:

“Personally, I love what NBC has done with the Olympics.

I always dreamed of living in an era before the Internet, without Twitter or online streaming or live breaking-news updates. And watching the tape-delayed Olympics on NBC, I feel like I’m there.

It’s just like I pictured: I would gather around the large, box-shaped television with my extended family and adjust the rabbit ears, and we would watch, riveted, as something that had happened hours ago appeared on the screen, preferably in black and white. And Bob Costas would be there. […] 

Do they not realize that we live in an age of 25/7 media updates? Some people on Twitter tell you what is happening before it has actually happened. […] It used to be that Twitter just prevented you from enjoying or appreciating the things that were going on around you at the time. But now it’s ruining things that happened hours ago in a foreign country. Heck, the radio knows what happened before NBC will tell you. That’s saying something.

NBC’s efforts to pretend that none of this is a problem remind me of the awkward moment at a historical reenactment when a plane flies overhead. “A curious bird!” Colonial Interpreter William says, cocking his head. “Lo, there be demon spirits in the wind!”

NBC has put so much effort into replicating the conditions of the past. “Context,” quipped Darren Rovell, “NBC’s ideal viewer is someone who doesn’t get sports text alerts, doesn’t appointment stream or get on Twitter.” “NBC’s ideal viewer still lives in 1987,” joked NotBillWalton.”

Alexandra Petri: NBC Olympics — live from 1987 | WaPo


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July 31, 2012

kateoplis:

“Personally, I love what NBC has done with the Olympics.

I always dreamed of living in an era before the Internet, without Twitter or online streaming or live breaking-news updates. And watching the tape-delayed Olympics on NBC, I feel like I’m there.

It’s just like I pictured: I would gather around the large, box-shaped television with my extended family and adjust the rabbit ears, and we would watch, riveted, as something that had happened hours ago appeared on the screen, preferably in black and white. And Bob Costas would be there. […] 

Do they not realize that we live in an age of 25/7 media updates? Some people on Twitter tell you what is happening before it has actually happened. […] It used to be that Twitter just prevented you from enjoying or appreciating the things that were going on around you at the time. But now it’s ruining things that happened hours ago in a foreign country. Heck, the radio knows what happened before NBC will tell you. That’s saying something.

NBC’s efforts to pretend that none of this is a problem remind me of the awkward moment at a historical reenactment when a plane flies overhead. “A curious bird!” Colonial Interpreter William says, cocking his head. “Lo, there be demon spirits in the wind!”

NBC has put so much effort into replicating the conditions of the past. “Context,” quipped Darren Rovell, “NBC’s ideal viewer is someone who doesn’t get sports text alerts, doesn’t appointment stream or get on Twitter.” “NBC’s ideal viewer still lives in 1987,” joked NotBillWalton.”

Alexandra Petri: NBC Olympics — live from 1987 | WaPo


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July 31, 2012

Electronic sensor rivals sensitivity of human skin

Electronic sensor rivals sensitivity of human skin


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July 31, 2012

Electronic sensor rivals sensitivity of human skin

Electronic sensor rivals sensitivity of human skin


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July 31, 2012

diy:

Introducing Skills

Today we’re launching an important new feature on DIY. We call it Skills.

We’re starting small with our first 8 Skills: Circuit BenderFort BuilderGamerGardenerInstrument Makern00bRocketeer, and Weaver.

Skills are made of Challenges, which are awesome project ideas that Makers can solve by uploading photos and videos of their own inventions.

Each Challenge is paired with the most inspiring creative projects we could find on the web. These references teach techniques and generate big ideas for your own project. We think there’s a need for the very best of the web to be curated into an ultimate resource for Makers and parents – so we’ve collected the clearest how to’s and the coolest project ideas all in one spot. I also made a few myself.

We’re building Skills and Challenges around what the community is already making. So the Elastic Band Guitar made by Griffon will solve the “Make a String Instrument” Challenge and will become a reference for it too. As we continue to release more Skills (there are hundreds coming – a handful per week) we’ll be influenced by what you all are making on DIY. Our Skills will seek to represent and reward all the different kinds of creativity within the DIY community.

OK, stop reading and go make something awesome!

– Isaiah

PS: Many of you might be wondering, specifically, how a Maker can “earn” a Skill. That’s coming really soon! Hang tight.


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July 30, 2012

nonsenselab:

Department of Biological Flow
Slow Fade (Nano Gait Surf)
July 29, 2012
performance
Vondelpark, Amsterdam

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Brian Massumi: “You don’t affect a relational field by describing it, or the subjects or objects in it. If you’re going to use description, you have to find ways of making the description itself a performative intervention in the field. When that happens, language is functioning as gesture, it has the kind of immediate force, the relational force, that gesture has.”


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July 30, 2012