Let’s face it: 2008 was an exhausting roller-coaster. The highs were high (Obama!), and the many lows kept dropping lower (war, unemployment, stock market crash, pollution, corruption, etc., etc.). Spending 12 months clinging white-knuckled to life’s proverbial panic-handles takes a lot out of a person. Over the past year, I’ve developed a rather severe caffeine […]Read More..
The task of putting this election into historical context is too great for me to attempt. I will leave that charge to more knowledgeable, more serious men. Instead, I humbly offer the following—my own journey to hope. Since Senator Obama announced his candidacy on the steps of the Illinois State Capital on February 10th, 2007, […]Read More..
When I first learned about Naomi Wolf’s book, The End of America—in which she chronicles America’s slide toward becoming a police state, I considered it a well-played game of “what if…?” I regarded it much in the same way that I regarded Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us—as a mental exercise exploring alternate realities, which […]Read More..
Thomas Friedman has an op-ed article in The New York Times today laying out the evidence that John McCain has fully leapt onto the Big Oil Bandwagon. As if “Drill Here, Drill Now” wasn’t enough evidence that John McCain is a budding oil man with no intention of pursuing any of the readily-available clean sources […]Read More..
In case you missed it, Al Gore gave a speech today [video here] in which he challenged America to transition entirely off carbon-based fuels for 100% of the nation’s electricity generation within the next 10 years. Certainly, it is a bold challenge from a bold leader. It is a challenge worthy of this country and […]Read More..
Necessity is the mother of conservation. Let’s face it, we, as a society, will not surrender our excesses until we are forced to do so—primarily because we don’t see our excesses as excesses. One car per driver, cell phones in every purse, MP3 players in every pocket, strawberries in January, bananas in the northern hemisphere…these […]Read More..
Seth Godin recently posted an article to his blog titled, “Do you own trees?” In it, he (justifiably) tore into the newspaper and book publishing industries for being so tied to paper as a publishing medium. But he’s misunderstanding the reasons for the stubbornness of the publishing industry. He lead with the following fact from […]Read More..
I recently attended the NewsTools2008 Conference at the Yahoo! HQ in Sunnyvale, California. The conference was a chance for old media types, new media types, programmers, and multimedia gurus to convene in a sunny locale and discuss the technological future of print publishing, journalism’s role in our democracy, and, of course, how to make money. […]Read More..
Chelsea Green is pleased to announce the launch of a completely new company web site, and as you’ve likely guessed, a completely new company web strategy. This new site incorporates all the best features of our previous site (secure e-commerce, book information, author events, etc.) with a slew of new community-minded features. The largest change […]Read More..