Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, November 19 – 24, 2012

Here are the most-read stories from the last week in Critical Linking…


What indie rock bands have figured out is that the purchase of music does not have to be an either/or proposition. They don’t make their customers choose between analog or digital. Whenever you buy a record from just about any indie band, it comes with either a CD or with a card that contains a URL and a download code so you can get a digital copy at no additional cost.

Dying for this for books. Just dying for it.


Professors will be able to dive into specific details of progress: the amount of time students have spent reading, number of pages completed, and even a tally of notes / highlights will all be collected. From there, an “engagement” score could be reached for each student.

I guess we need a new “the dog ate my homework” excuse.


Make no mistake, the answer to this question will frame someone’s opinion of you for all eternity, and if you’re sticking with any of these go-to pretentious classics, I’ve got a pretty solid idea of the lifestyle each selection suggests.

I can think of something else that is pretentious.


His enthusiasm seemed genuine, but given his general condition, I couldn’t convince myself he wasn’t going to go around the corner and sell the books on the sidewalk.

It’s hard enough to give books away. I would have been suspicious, too.


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