Ever since Will Rogers stood on a stage with an open newspaper, comedy has evolved and adapted to technological change. In the golden era of network television, Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show was the sole source for satirical reactions to breaking news, and this format has changed only slightly with the advent of Letterman, Conan, Leno, Fallon, and Kimmel. And despite outward appearances, the topical monologue is still the backbone of Seth Meyers’ Weekend Update on SNL, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. advertisement advertisement Yet, with Twitter offering yet another way to laugh at the news, could the sheer speed of tweets threaten late-night primacy much in the same way the 24-hour cable news cycle forever altered our relationship with nightly network news? Does Twitter enhance the late-night comedy writer’s job or eliminate it? Do they save the best stuff for their bosses and for audiences after 11 p.m. or do they riff away in a stream of comic … [Read more...] about Does Twitter Kill TV Comedy? Writers From “The Daily Show,” “SNL,” “Fallon” And Others Sound Off
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Charlotte McCurdy has a telling phrase for the things she creates in her practice. They are “charismatic objects,” she says, that “let people talk and think.” advertisement advertisement McCurdy is a designer and researcher who developed an alternative plastic made from algae, which consumes carbon dioxide, as her thesis at the Rhode Island School of Design. She describes the material as “present-tense sunlight,” in the sense that the petroleum used to make conventional plastic is “ancient sunlight,” or carbon produced through photosynthesis millions of years ago. “The conventional story we tell ourselves about climate change is that it’s a problem of burning fuels for the production of electricity and for fuels for transportation,” McCurdy says in an online keynote about her work. “What that story misses is the third of global emissions that come from the chemistry of stuff.” a raincoat that … [Read more...] about What if our clothes could sequester carbon? This raincoat does
Moneycontrol News Fortis Healthcare's decision to buy the entire India portfolio of assets held by Singapore listed Religare Health Trust (RHT) aimed at simplifying the current structure hints at speeding up of possible stake sale.As per the definitive agreement – Fortis has agreed to buy the Indian portfolio of assets at an enterprise value of Rs 4,650 crore. A debt to the tune of Rs 1,152 crore of RHT will be transferred to Fortis balance sheet, as part of the deal.Fortis said the proposed acquisition is aimed at consolidating the entire Indian portfolio.Close “With the unwinding of the current structure, it would also make it easier for investors and other stakeholders to better understand the Company's business and financial performance,” Fortis said in a statement. related news Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Q2 net loss at Rs 2.35 crore Jaypee Infratech insolvency: Lenders to meet on Nov 18 to comply with SC direction VA Tech WABAG posts consolidated … [Read more...] about Does Fortis Healthcare restructuring hint at possible sale?
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advertisement advertisement Have you ever stopped to consider how remarkable Wikipedia is? The online encyclopedia represents arguably the greatest collection of knowledge and information ever assembled–and the overwhelming majority of the work in creating and maintaining it has been done by unpaid volunteers. On the surface, the success of Wikipedia makes no sense–how could (and why would) a team of volunteers possibly complete such a massive undertaking? The answer has repercussions for leaders and business owners in every industry: Money isn’t everything. In fact, a sense of purpose is more important than the size of a salary when it comes to inspiring top performance from employees and team members. That doesn’t mean that money isn’t important, and it doesn’t mean that you can slash paychecks without fear of consequences. But it does mean that money alone is not enough to inspire the type of passion, dedication, and peak performance … [Read more...] about The Wikipedia Way Of Motivating Your Employees