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Lazy Authors vs. Link Shorteners

Written by Gary North on December 17, 2016

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One of my pet peeves is a full-URL in a footnote in a printed book. The footnote may be 60 characters long. It may be longer. The author is visibly lazy. He did not type in this URL. He used cut and paste to stick it into his manuscript. Yet he expects readers to type […]

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Ad-Blocking Software Shuts Down the MSM’s Business Models

Written by Gary North on August 20, 2016

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About two months ago, I could not access Forbes. I got a message: turn off your ad-blocking software. I didn’t. I notice that Forbes has reverted to its three-second delay strategy. The Telegraph, a British site, tried the same strategy. That lasted about a month. I know why. Almost no one turned off the ad-blocking […]

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On Editing Wikipedia

Written by Gary North on March 5, 2016

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As I approach retirement I am trying to explore new activities, and recently have registered as a Wikipedia editor. My idea is to start small and revise a few articles about things and people I know. I get the impression that the median type for an editor is “millenial techno-wonk”, conversely I am your classical […]

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Goodbye, Copyright. Farewell, Tenured Guilds.

Written by Gary North on February 20, 2016

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Copyright law is in its terminal phase. I have known this for over 20 years. The Internet is killing it. I am going to discuss a remarkable example of a website that today has 48 million stolen scientific articles online. It is beyond the ability of anybody to control. It is outside of copyright protection, […]

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The Two Rotten Novels That Turned America Left

Written by Gary North on November 21, 2015

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I teach four years of literature courses for the high school program of the Ron Paul Curriculum. I also teach six weeks of literature for the eighth grade. For these lessons, I analyze two novels: Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward: 2000–1887 (1888) and Charles Sheldon’s In His Steps (1896). Bellamy’s book is occasionally assigned to college […]

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