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"In the past twenty years, the American press has undergone a transformation from an access culture to an aggression culture: the tradition, developed after the Civil War, in which a journalist's advancement depended on his intimacy with power, has mutated into one in which his success can also depend on a willingness to stage visible, ritualized displays of aggression. The reporter used to gain status by dining with his subjects; now he gains status by dining on them....Aggression has become a kind of abstract form, practiced in a void of ideas, or even of ordinary sympathy. In a grim paradox, the media in America, because their aggression has been kept quarantined from good ideas, have become surprisingly vulnerable to bad ideas. Having turned themselves into a forum for the sort of craziness that was previously kept to the margins of American life, the media have nothing left to do but watch the process, and act as though it were entertaining; the jaded tone and the prosecutorial tone are masks, switched quickly enough so that you can appear active and neutral at the same time. Or, to put it another way, the cynicism and the sanctimony turn out to be a little like electricity and magnetism -- two aspects of a single field, perpetuating themselves in a thought-free vacuum."
I just received an interesting one page marketing brochure from Scientific American offering a subscription to the mag. It included four short paragraphs. One about curiosity. One about science shaping our world. One about space exploration, and yes one final paragraph about nanotechnology that reads as follows:
"Nanotechnology promises to change our lives for good. Machines and robots built atom by atom -- and measuring no more than a micron across -- will fight cancer cell by cell or store terabytes of data on space as small as the head of a pin.
Join us on an amazing monthly quest for knowledge. Claim your FREE trial issue of Scientific American today."
I find this to be pretty interesting. There have been a couple of articles about nano sciences since the Gary Stix article was run but nothing to indicate that nanotechology is now something they are going to faithfully research and report about on a regular basis. Of course this could be a brochure that is customized to people with different interest. I did send them a fairly lengthy letter explaining my displeasure with the Gary Stix article and how I would not buy another SciAm until there was fair reporting about nanotechnology.
Has anyone else received one of these brochures?
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