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Can (and should) generalists lead experts? 

When does one decide to become a generalist? When did I? Seth Godin insists that "art" should play a central role in the workplace. In Linchpin, he argues that seeing work as art is not only good, but imperative. I believe, however, that Godin would be better off calling his linchpin a generalist rather than …

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Publishers as purveyors of education 

In Post-Medium Publishing, Paul Graham makes the very elegant point that people have never paid for content. He explores this point from a few directions, pointing the way toward a future with low-cost distribution and high-quality "events." Publishers of all types, from news to music, are unhappy that consumers won't pay for content anymore. At …

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A virtual exhibition that makes you want more 

I haven't been to the MOMA in a while, but I just found the James Ensor Exhibition website which more or less offers a 'virtual' version of the show (and serves as a rich online ad). I felt it gave me a ton of information, and also made me want to go to the real …

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A generic box is the college of the future 

Acording to this article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, new campus is being built to spec in Chaska, Minnesota – that is, they are building it without knowing who the tenant will be, with the intention of leasing/renting space to a variety of schools. Is this what the college of the future looks like? Perhaps. …

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Shackled to problem-solving 

This article in the Times provides a brief introduction to a fad that's sweeping through Silicon Valley these days: escapism. Timothy Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek”, promotes "pulling the plug" on your fast, information-driven life (though no one, it seems, has actually read the book). I admit, it sounds exciting, but then the details …

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Cheating is the pedagogy of the internet 

I ran across this fun and informative lecture by Jon Ippolito discussing various tensions between cultural production (in general) and the current culture of intellectual property law – where he introduces his idea that "cheating is the pedagogy of the internet." It's the written version of a lecture he gave at Columbia University a few …

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