As the “Here and Now” transcript puts it, “With digital devices, we are constantly consuming information, from short tweets and text messages to online articles and blog posts. We jump around, skimming and scanning.”
These are not just quirks. Our brains may, neuroscientists are finding, be adopting new processes. The change may be making it more difficult for us to read closely and absorb lengthy or complex material closely.
If you wanted to know how Lizard Lick got that name – one of my favorites on the North Carolina map – you could, of course, Google it.
Charlotte, where I spent a decade from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, has long been the envy of many cities as it has emerged as a booming financial center, the very epitome of the latest iteration of the New South.
You probably saw UNC sports beat reporter Harold Gutmann's wonderful front-page story Thursday on our area's representation in the NCAA's men's basketball tournament.
"College basketball is king on Tobacco Road, and the NCAA Tournament is the pinnacle of the sport," Gutmann wrote. "This week, it comes together in unprecedented fashion.
Someone who is determined to disbelieve something can manage to disregard an Everest of evidence for it. So Barack Obama will not temper his enthusiasm for increased equality with lucidity about the government's role in exacerbating inequality.
The other day, waiting to pick up a lunch order at a quintessentially Durham establishment – a taqueria adorned with a large cow atop its roof, legacy of its days as dairy bar – it occurred to me how during my time in Durham the lure of buying local has grown year by year.
A polling firm, Rasmussen Reports, has asked folks in national telephone surveys if they agree or disagree with this statement about Daylight Saving Time: “Don’t think the time change is worth the hassle.”
Forty-seven percent agree with that statement. Only 40 percent disagreed.
John Shelton Reed knows a thing or two about barbecue. As the saying goes, he wrote the book on it.
“Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue,” written with his wife, Dale Volberg Reed and published in 2008, is very much the bible of our state’s barbecue. Reed, one of the most distinguished sociologists of his generation, retired in 2000 after many years as the William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina. Among many other legacies at UNC, he helped to found the Center for the Study of the American South.
Happy birthday to us!
As many of you know, I’ve been irrepressibly exuberant over this newspaper’s coming 125th birthday. Wednesday is that day – the very first, four-page issue of the Durham Sun hit the muddy streets of Durham Feb, 26, 1889.
The other day, an anchor on CNN asked a guest about the allegations New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may have known more than he is admitting about the traffic tie-ups in Fort Lee, N.J., last September.
As I start to write this column, we’re temporarily (I hope) disconnected from the computer server that manages our editing and production systems.
A few days ago, we struggled for about four hours to mend the disruption a power blip had done to the systems that manage our email and connect us to the Internet.
“Nearly fifty years later, people still remember exactly where they were the night The Beatles stepped onto Ed Sullivan’s stage,” the “Official Ed Sullivan Site” notes with laconic immodesty.
Every day, across Durham and the region, legions of unpaid, passionate and caring people help make their community a better place.
In our editorial commenting on the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty Friday, we quoted from President Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 State of the Union speech that declared that war.
“It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or strategy will suffice,” Johnson said,” but we shall not rest until that war is won.”
The person who left a message on my voice mail New Year’s Day pulled no punches.
“I know you are always screwing around with the comics,” declared the caller, who otherwise seemed gracious and refined. “It is probably the best way to make people mad. There is no reason to mess around with comics, ever.”