Run-D.M.C. could be sort of gangstery in their own way, pre-gangster rap, because they were suburban kids. Kurtis Blow, who was from Harlem and really around gangsters, he didn’t want to be a gangster. He wanted to look above it and wear leather boots and be more like a rock star. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were really inner-city, hard-life guys, and they wanted to be from outer space.

On Monday, simply by doing absolutely nothing, the 113th Congress allowed the interest rate on student loans to double, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. That might be permissible if they were busy with more important things, like inventing a cure for cancer that’s also a source of endless clean energy. But they’re not even working this week.
Finding content on the Web is not a serious problem. It’s a leisure problem – as in, it’s only really applicable to someone who has too much leisure time. If someone ever comes to me to say, “Oh, I can’t find anything decent to read on the Internet while I’m killing time waiting for my Uber,” I’m just going to slap them.


With WaPo’s announcement today that they’re launching a paywall, it’s starting to aggravate me that media companies are taking print media economics and more or less replicating them online. Porting print subscribers and advertising dollars to digital subscribers and advertising eyeballs.


This is right so far as it goes. But my guess is the kind of folks with a million tweeps and a tendency to promote Washington Post content aren’t going to have much trouble paying the $9.99, and are also the kind of people who will more or less be happy to do it. 

Maybe people should just pay for stuff. And if they don’t want to pay $9.99 a month for our stuff, maybe that means we need to think about the content we’re producing more than about the precise way we’re implementing the paywall. Once this paywall launches it will stop being abstract and begin being about reading that 21st article. if at that point, it doesn’t feel worth it to people, we’re not doing our job.