Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Real Estate Fatigue in Media

My long commute allows me to scan and read a few newspapers everyday. I enjoy reading about real estate, its froth, the bubble, interest rates, etc, and currently looking to buy a home, but I've officially contracted real estate fatigue. Each paper devotes a lot of articles on real estate and reading it all is like treading water...a lot of movement, and only so much you can do until you start going down. Just today, here are the headlines of real estate related articles:

Wall Street Journal:
  • Housing-Bubble Talk Doesn't Scare Foreigners
  • Real-Estate Surge Buoys Newpapers
  • Bankers Issue Caution on Home Loans
  • Economists Handicap Housing Markets
NY Times: USA Today: Washington Post: ...and this is a slow day. Typically, Fri, Sat, and Sun has the most articles about real estate. Can the world get over real estate already so there's no more speculative purchases!?

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Joichi Ito's Hiroshima Anniversary Op-Ed

Joi Ito's op-ed in Sunday's NY Times looks not in the past, but ahead on the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings:
For my generation, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and the war in general now represent the equivalent of a cultural "game over" or "reset" button. Through a combination of conscious policy and unconscious culture, the painful memories and images of the war have lost their context, surfacing only as twisted echoes in our subculture. The result, for better and worse, is that, 60 years after Hiroshima, we dwell more on the future than the past.

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