Steve Coll in The New Yorker on quitting Facebook In a lengthy essay, Coll describes why he decided to deactivate his Facebook account. The heart of his problem lies in the conflict between Facebook's purpose as a public forum and its goals as a profit-driven corporation. "There is something vaguely dystopian about oppressed peoples in Syria or Iran seeking dignity and liberation inside a corporate sovereign that is, for its part, creating great wealth for its founders and asserting control over its users."
Ezra Klein in Bloomberg View on Romney's record as governor Both Obama and Romney have their reasons for bringing up Romney's record at Bain Capital and pushing aside talk of his record as governor of Massachusetts. But for voters who want to know more about how Romney would govern, the emphasis doesn't make much sense. "The Romney campaign wants to avoid it because Romney governed from the center in ways that could now alienate the right," he says. "The Obama campaign doesn't want to discuss it because Romney's centrist record as governor might comfort independents." On the other hand, the Massachusetts record may not reveal much about the way Romney would govern as president, Klein writes, and that, above all, is the most important question that needs answering.