in a January 23 article entitled A Radical Rethink with the subtitle: The best way to foster creativity in the digital age is to overhaul current copyright laws. The article starts out well, but then ends up suggesting that the fair bargain for short copyright terms is to give industry system-wide strong DRM. This is quite simply a non-starter, both practically and theoretically.
The Economist, but I keep finding and reading interesting articles before I get my copy. And more, using their website I can easily get all the context I need – whether to learn more about the story or to judge for myself what their particular angle on a developing story has been. Kinda makes my subscription seem pointless.
The Economist printed a story about new telescope technology involving a mirror made of spinning liquid (instead of highly polished glass) that was largely pioneered here in Quebec. Which is great, and pretty interesting to read about. Best, though, is the opening graf:
ON THE face of it, a telescope with a liquid mirror sounds about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
Heh. Those wacky Economist writers!
, Thrills and spills, the first article in its e-entertainment survey. “The digital revolution in entertainment was expected to sweep all before it. But so far it has proved somewhere between a disappointment and a disaster.”