Someone has taken it upon her or himself to make a bunch of academic articles about the Middle East available for free.
Beck, last seen making good music on Sea Change, thought of a nice gimmick: He gathered a bunch of musicians to play covers of classic albums. The first one is The Velvet Underground and Nico. The results are pretty nice.
It sure is strange that old corporate-type people don’t know how to do things like use the internet. One businessman who has scaled the commanding heights of the Egyptian economy recently told TBE that he didn’t know how to type, because when he was younger typing was a secretary’s job, and he thought that if he learned how to do it then people would think less of him. When TBE hears about people with job titles like tech consultant we think it must be a scam, like how could someone get paid to set up twitters for old people or whatever? But then we remember that lots of old people are distinctly incapable of doing so.
What really drove this point home to us is the way Soulja Boy, a rapper with little discernible talent, has used social networking to “take his brand to the next level,” and how older rappers (and by old we mean mid-20s and above) who may be more talented can’t keep up because he accomplishes the task of integrated marketing in such a clever and intuitive way. Business school students or professors looking to make a big splash should write a case study about Soulja Boy.