Assorted links

by on March 9, 2011 at 11:33 am in Web/Tech | Permalink

1. Is traditional publishing really dead?

2. Is the euro really dead?  (Too much on stocks, not enough on flows, to convince me.)

3. Is the stamp really dead? (aka: the culture that is Sweden)

4. Cooperating elephants, and more here.

5. MIE: North Korean food in Annandale, Virginia.  And here is study abroad in the Hermit Kingdom.

6. The future of educational reform, by Steve Teles.

7. Robot debates in science fiction.

8. On DeLong and Varian, Reihan gets it right.  From DeLong, here is stagnation for thee but not for me.

Hugo March 9, 2011 at 7:44 am

Man, talk about economics as a dismal science: All these postings about dead things and stagnation.

anon March 9, 2011 at 8:22 am

did delong just own himself?

and did leonhardt just own everyone with the following?

By taking the opposite tack, you can sell a lot of books or attract a lot of visitors to your blog. But you'll be elevating nostalgia over reality, and most Americans will know it.

kjm March 9, 2011 at 8:27 am

An interesting app. for your Iphone to perhaps use in Language classes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2OfQdYrHRs

JA March 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

North Korean food… oxymoronic given persistent famine?

anon March 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

thank you for the essay by teles. it was a good read and i think conservatives and liberals alike would agree with the first 4/5 of the read and be left with disappointment.

perhaps hess and esther duflo need to team up.

dearieme March 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

The future of educational reform = The past of educational reform.

CBBB March 9, 2011 at 11:11 am

"The first thing you notice on the menu is what isn’t there: beef. It’s the essential feature of South Korean restaurants, particularly in barbecue form: beef ribs and bulgogi…..
The staple meat of the South is nowhere to be seen"

FALSE

Beef is NOT NOT NOT a staple in South Korea. It's pretty expensive relative to typical South Korean pay, if you go out for BBQ in South Korea more often then not you're going to be eating pork. It just happens that beef being cheaper in the USA Americans can afford to order beef dishes like galbi in American-Korean restaurants and so Americans eating Korean food tend to skip the syumgupsal.

jk March 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm

RE #2: Europe will muddle through their problems just like all other aging and creaky western nations with their pension time bombs and other unsustainable government obligations. But I don't think the PIIGS appreciate the Euro going back to record levels, so much for export led recovery, probably a correlation with oil prices.

Slocum March 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm

#8: Delong says: Our three-bedroom houses are further out from the center than our parents'smaller houses were. We spend a lot more time stuck in traffic. I'm higher up in the American income distribution now than my parents were when I was my children's age, but I couldn't touch their house.

No, we (Americans as a whole) don't. People like DeLong who live in the Bay Area think traffic is terrible and homes prices are crazy. That's just not the way it is in the vast majority of the country. In most places, commutes are not a big problem and people are living in much larger, better equipped houses than their parents did. They often do live 'farther out'–by choice–and have less and less need to travel 'in' (at least not on a daily basis). The old pattern of commuting from a bedroom community to a downtown office has faded significantly (though, again, not for professors teaching at a centrally located university).

And I think Reihan, too, is wrong in arguing that the benefits of the internet (and the digitally wired world generally) mostly flow to educated, upper-class 'informavores'. Facebook and eBay extend way down the income distribution, and so do email, Netflix, text-messaging, smart-phones, GPS systems, digital cameras, flat-screen TVs, kindles, iPads, etc. The 'people who prefer sitcoms to YouTube' have a cornucopia of old and new episodes available to them (for nothing or almost nothing) on Hulu and Netflix and Comcast OnDemand.

Wu March 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Neal, fluid dynamics are a common source of metaphors for economics. Go figure.

mbt March 18, 2011 at 6:07 am

Too much on stocks, not enough on flows, to convince

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