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The Future of Social Networks is Storytelling, Part 1

 I write this at the risk of becoming a pariah. I know that the whole Internet industry - driven in equal parts by oversharing Bay Area technorati, brand-monitoring New York ad men, and follower-culting LA celebrity bimbos (male and female) - is agog at the potential of the real-time web. There's even a conference about it. Conversations, it goes, are the next new thing.

It took the launch of Google Buzz (a really lame Twitter knockoff) and the death of J.D. Salinger (the master of terse dialogue) to really hammer home just what I find so annoying about Twitter and Facebook.

the neuroscience of information obesity

I recently heard a podcast of a lecture given by Dr. David Kessler, Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF and author of The End of Overeating. He discussed recent research showing that given an unlimited supply of highly varied kinds of food, animals will overeat and become overweight. It happens to mice, to monkeys, and to humans.

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