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Our regular roundup of sci-tech stories from across the Web includes: Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan reflects on the blogosphere, the TXT "Gr8 Db8," and Sony's chief chats about past fumbles and future plays. Let’s kick it off:

New Media: Why I Blog, by Andrew Sullivan
"For centuries, writers have experimented with forms that evoke the imperfection of thought, the inconstancy of human affairs, and the chastening passage of time. But as blogging evolves as a literary form, it is generating a new and quintessentially postmodern idiom that’s enabling writers to express themselves in ways that have never been seen or understood before. Its truths are provisional, and its ethos collective and messy. Yet the interaction it enables between writer and reader is unprecedented, visceral, and sometimes brutal. And make no mistake: it heralds a golden era for journalism." [via The Atlantic]

Basics: The 18 Things You Need for Your Computer
"What I've found most fascinating is the rundown of which programs I use most often. It's a huge list, actually, and one that I thought might be fun to share. Here's what I'm betting: Lots of people have questions about the best way to go about managing their e-mail, organizing their appointments, searching for files on their computer, or any number of other common tasks." [via Slate]

TXT: Thumbspeak
"Is texting bringing us closer to the end of life as we currently tolerate it? Enough people have suggested that it is to have inspired David Crystal to produce 'Txtng: The Gr8 Db8' (Oxford; $19.95). 'I don’t think I have ever come across a topic which has attracted more adult antagonism,' he says. (On the other hand, Crystal has written more than a hundred books, so he does not require extraordinary encouragement to share his views.)" [via The New Yorker]


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