Marx’s Revenge

Thomas Otter sent me two books this week that I am really looking forward to reading. Throughout my adventures in capitalism I have had one persistent question that intersects my interest in both history and world current events: would Marx view 401k investment plans and a generally high level of personal investment holdings of public companies as vindication of his economic theory? In other words, would Marx suggest that these are simply evidence of the commons owning the means of production?

Doubtful but it would make fascinating conversation if Marx were over for dinner one night. It would also be interesting to hear Marx’s view on the credit and banking crisis that we are currently living through.

“Marx’s Revenge: The Resurgence of Capitalism and the Death of Statist Socialism” (Meghnad Desai)

“Dispatches for the New York Tribune: Selected Journalism of Karl Marx (Penguin Classics)” (Karl Marx)

Flash Widgets and SEO

I’m still not sold on the notion that Flash can be search optimized… it’s also one very big reason to not use Flash widget containers. NewsGator supports both but HTML/Javascript has many advantages beyond simply SEO, like the fact that it’s 1/40th the size of Flash containers, can be dynamically resized, and can be developed much more quickly.

I know, I know. Google’s indexing Flash and Flash developers can rejoice now that their content is SEO-friendly. Sorry – I don’t buy it for a second. Flash content is fundamentally different from HTML on webpage URLs and being able to parse links in the Flash code and text snippets does not make Flash search-engine friendly. I think it’s great that Google’s digging deeper into Flash, but I don’t believe web developers should be any less wary than they’ve been in the past about Flash-based websites or Flash-embedded content.

[From SEOmoz | Flash and SEO – Compelling Reasons Why Search Engines & Flash Still Don’t Mix]

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Partisan Satire – Man Bites Dog

It is outrageous and I write that without reservation, the editor of the New Yorker should be publicly reprimanded for allowing such a distasteful depiction to grace the cover of the magazine. However my outrage is muted by the belief that if this cover were satirizing John and Cindy McCain, well there would be a lot less criticism and certainly not on the front page of U.S. daily newspapers.

200807151003.jpg Satire is the thinnest of tightropes, especially in a 24-hour news cycle where every political utterance or image is parsed, gnawed and spit out. That explains why New Yorker editor David Remnick has spent the past day trying to explain that the latest cover of his magazine – depicting Sen. Barack Obama in Muslim garb and his wife, Michelle, as an Afro-sporting gun packer – is intended as a satire.

[From New Yorker editor defends Obama cover / He calls illustration a satire of prejudices against candidate – Democrat’s campaign aide assails it as ‘tasteless and offensive’]

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