Uma galera no Vale do Silício está bastante interessada em curar a morte. Embora muito interessante para eles, talvez o dinheiro tivesse mais efeito enfrentando problemas menos glamurosos: suicídios e a solidão que atinge jovens e gente de meia idade.
I don’t want to beat up on the degraded tastes of the common reader, analyse the impact of the digital revolution on reading habits, or make an appeal for the government to do more to address stubbornly high rates of illiteracy. What I find of most concern and significance is the rise in aliteracy—the growth of a population that can read but simply doesn’t want to.
The simplification of the agricultural world and our diets has come with benefits. They are the same benefits that accrued to the United Fruit Company (rebranded in 1984 as Chiquita Brands International, a.k.a. Chiquita)—the ability to produce a large amount of food on a given area of land. In concert with the homogenization of agriculture, we have figured out how to grow more food per acre than ever before—ten times more food than ten thousand years ago, perhaps a hundred times more than fifteen thousand years ago. As a result, a smaller number of people on earth go hungry today than at any other moment in the last thousand years. Modern science has brought us food in abundance, just as it brought the United Fruit Company affluence. Yet this abundance, like the affluence of modern banana companies, is tenuous, dependent on our ability to protect the very few species on which we now depend. The problem is that nearly all those key species are in trouble, because in simplifying the production of our food we achieved short-term benefits at the expense of long-term benefits—and, for that matter, at the expense of long-term sustainability.
Para quem acompanhou os seus primórdios, é difícil acreditar que a Image é uma das melhores editoras de quadrinhos hoje em dia, como comprovam esses quinze títulos publicados nos últimos cinco anos. (Quem implica com editoras grandes, pode ignorar todos em favor desses independentes.)