Festival of Found Art

By James Fallows

1) From the Guardian today. Check out what I am sure is the "AdSense"-type ad in the lower right hand corner. This specific photo-and-ad combination is no longer there, so thanks to reader PB for catching it while it existed.

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2) This is more in the category of constructed than found art: The wonderful Tom Tomorrow has a very nice cartoon about the right-wing info-bubble, at just the moment when it might be dawning on the GOP that having its own version of reality can can be a weakness as well as a strength. It doesn't seem right just to recreate the whole Tom Tomorrow strip here, so I offer one frame and a link to the rest.

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3) Harmonic convergence of political and tech themes: Gawker has put up a nice flow chart of the characters and drama in the unbelievable Petraeus-Broadwell-Allen-etc melodrama. Here is a detail from a larger version also from Gawker Hilary Sargent:

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What does this remind you of? Of course! Scapple, the new free-form idea-mapping software I mentioned very recently. Tinderbox would also be great for this; in honor of Petraeus and Allen, here is a screenshot of a Tinderbox map assessment various aspects of the Afghanistan operation (further details at the Tinderbox site). It is good to see technology being put to practical use.

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4) Meanwhile, welcome to Fairbanks! Hope to see you at UAF tonight.

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This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/11/festival-of-found-art/265176/