Saturday, January 24, 2009

Time Magazine - Feb 2 Issue

Great cover story by Joe Klein in the Feb 2 issue of Time Magazine.

Titled "Obama Promises New Destiny, Work Begins Today", it details both the language used in President Barack Obama's inaugural address and his actions preceding and now that he's taken the oath of office. As Klein highlights, especially interesting from the speech was Obama's message about the political process...

"What the cynics fail to understand is that that the ground has shifted beneath them- the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply."

Whether Democrat or Republican, some may feel this an impossible aspiration, but... as Pittsburgh Steeler head coach Mike Tomlin said of Obama, "he's selling hope, and I'm buying."


Also from this issue of Time was the story "Books Unbound" about the publishing industry. As the book business has gone through great upheaval of late, one of the consequences has been the emergence of unknown authors self-publishing on the cheap... and in many cases becoming not-so-unknown.

To this idea of books not going through traditional routes to market, the article reveals that 4 of the top 5 best-sellers for 2007 in Japan were written on cell phones. Granted, the adoption of consumer technology in Asia is ahead of that in the U.S., but the statistic is amazing bordering on ridiculous.