Links for 20/1/2008

In raves on January 20, 2008 at 5:10 am

I have been overdosing on tech news lately so I am trying to redress the balance by returning to a mainstream news diet:

1) The feelgood factor |
The Economist has an in-depth special report on corporate social responsibility– the good, the bad and the ugly. Observations include the emergence of the corporate version of the peace corps–companies sending employees on month-long “do good” assignments abroad.

2) Japan’s Best Sellers Go Cellular – New York Times
Japan is always interesting to watch when it comes to trends in the mobile space. Cell phone novels sound instant and quirky. As someone with a passion for literature, I think the use of the mobile phone as a medium will have a profound impact on narrative structure and form of the novel.

3) The secret of happiness | It’s in Iceland |

I have always thought that the obsession with constant happiness is a peculiarly American phenomenon that has, unfortunately, infected the rest of the world. The Economist tells us “happiness” has become a new growth industry. That is a sad statement on the state of Civilization!

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