FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nicco Mele, The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath

By: Sunday May 26, 2013 1:59 pm

Nicco Mele is a man who knows the internet. The webmaster for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in 2004 and the founder of a leading internet strategy firm, his discussion moves between the effect of Twitter on news reporting, Hollywood’s relationship with Netflix and Al Qaeda’s use of YouTube. These are only three of the many examples which make this book so interesting. The big ideas are sustained by engaging anecdotes.

The theme of Mele’s book is the effect of “radical connectivity”, which he describes as “our breathtaking ability to send vast amounts of data instantly, constantly and globally”, thus transforming politics, business and culture.

Late Night FDL: Is It OK for Potential Employers to Ask for Your Facebook Password?

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 8:00 pm

If an employer asks you for your password for your emails, Facebook, etc, how should you respond? We’re seeing examples of employers demanding that job applicants reveal their Facebook passwords as part of their background checks. Even when it’s illegal to use that information for discriminatory purposes.

Lactating Boobies in the Workplace Will Kill Job Creation (and Other Signs of the Womanapocalypse)

By: Thursday February 9, 2012 7:16 pm

What is astounding is the political tone-deafness that these Republicans have — what votes are there to gain by beating up access to contraception when 98% of Americans use it? These personhood amendments failed miserably, most notably in Mississippi, which clearly isn’t some liberal bastion. People of all political persuasions (some with guilt, some without it) are having sex and are using birth control, period. Any attempt to take it away, to in essence tell people when they can and cannot procreate, is a death wish. But it continues.

Late Night FDL: R.I.P. Don Cornelius, Creator — and Owner – of Cultural Landmark Known as Soul Train

By: Thursday February 2, 2012 8:00 pm

Growing up in Durham, NC in the early 70s meant you weren’t exactly in touch with the latest fashion and dance grooves in The Big City, so it was a ritual to flip on your color TV and get an eyeful of fantasy — and some of the greatest musical acts (and upcoming talent) of the time on Soul Train.

Buying Local: Detective Work

By: Sunday November 27, 2011 8:15 am

There is a lot of discussion these days about ‘buying local’. There is even a national organization with chapters which promotes it (along with a lot of other local initiatives) Local Economies . American Express just sponsored, for the second year, a national event called “Small Business Saturday” to encourage people to buy with small businesses (not only local; and as an incentive, they offered a credit off the customer’s bill for buying at a small business).

But, when it comes time for us, as consumers, to actually find local businesses, it might not be so easy.

One of #OccupyMN Arrestees Is the Gent Who Glittered Karl Rove

By: Friday October 21, 2011 6:39 pm

The seven OccupyMN protesters arrested Thursday are: Peter Leeman, Devin Wynn, Ben Egerman, Katrina Plotz, Merritt Benton, Misty Rowan and Jason St. John. If one of these names, that of Ben Egerman, might sound familiar to you, it’s because the last time he was in the news, it was for glittering Karl Rove when Rove came to the Twin Cities for a book signing two weeks ago

Economically, ‘Good for Business’ Is Usually Bad for People

By: Saturday July 16, 2011 7:12 pm

“Business Friendly Climate” is one of the buzz phrases we see and hear a bit more frequently these days. I guess it is a phrase that may have always been around to some extent but is not just limited to the business press. But what exactly does “Business Friendly Climate” actually mean?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes James B. Stewart, Tangled Webs: How False Statements Are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff

By: Saturday May 14, 2011 1:59 pm

Rarely do lies simply go out in the world and stand on their own. To have staying power, they require a complex network of ancillary lies and human enablers (sometimes knowing, sometime unwitting) who create a web of falsehood. These tangled webs can drain families’ bank accounts, get people killed, cause great institutions to fall, even help crash an economy.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dave Zirin, Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love

By: Saturday December 18, 2010 1:59 pm

As both a liberal and a sports fanatic, I jumped at the chance to host today’s salon with Dave Zirin to talk about his new book “Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love.” Dave’s book is a very smart, witty and hard-hitting look at how jerkbag sports owners have transformed their stadiums from blue-collar and middle-class entertainment venues into massive profit-making behemoths tailored more toward corporate America than Joe Six Pack. Average families have found themselves priced out of going to games, since owners have cordoned off entire sections of ballparks for luxury boxes and club seats. And to make matters worse, these same owners have grown ever-more-fond of shaking down taxpayers for cash to build their multiplexes despite the fact that many of these taxpayers will never be able to afford to attend a game. This heinous practice is particularly glaring in Washington, DC where the city forked over hundreds of millions of dollars to build a new ballpark for the perpetually terrible Washington Nationals, despite the fact that the city at the time was planning to shut down a whopping 24 public schools.

Crucial Vote on DREAM Act Expected This Afternoon

By: Tuesday September 21, 2010 7:40 am

One of the most compelling elements of this political drama has been the interaction between The LGBT movement and the migrant youth movement. What to an outsider might be perceived as two unrelated constituencies, perhaps even hostile to each other, have been working long before this moment to build unity and solidarity. It is one thing to believe in the truth that we are all woven into a “single garment of destiny.” It is another to live that truth and act on it. The migrant youth movement and the LGBT movement having been living and acting on that truth, as we all should. My freedom is tied up with the freedom of everyone else in the universe, and today we have a chance to set close to a million people free.

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