It seems almost miraculous: after nine years at the bottom of the broadcast ratings pile, NBC won this fall season. But this silver lining has a huge cloud, says Eric Deggans, who is the TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times.
The rebels, rule breakers and renegades who rule this year's Top 10 list aren't looking for a Ph.D. in Traditional Cooking. They're pleasure seekers whose books are filled with quirky facts, gorgeous pictures and ingredients deployed in unexpected places.
Yesterday came and went, but I never finished Ulysses. I never took up skydiving. Come to think of it, I didn't even really finish cleaning up my closet before the "Mayan Apocalypse." Yet even a failed apocalypse still has value, in reminding us that life is fleeting, fragile and unpredictable.
Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Matthew Continetti, editor of the Washington Free Beacon. They discuss the Newtown, Conn., shootings, the fiscal cliff, and Sen. John Kerry's nomination to Secretary of State.
"Big Data" had just as much to do with President Obama's victory as phrases like "Etch A Sketch" and "47 percent," says linguist Geoff Nunberg. Big Data is also behind anxieties about intrusions on our privacy, whether from the government's anti-terrorist data sweeps or the ads that track us on the Web.
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