- Liz Gannes has a great personal post. The moral of the story: find a way to make your content available online allowing people to time/space as they need to. You're not making more money by hoarding your content.
- Britain's Got Talent vs. America's Got Talent: I've watched both shows mostly on the YouTube. I'm partial to the British version. The particpants are about the same, but the audience can be meaner and less reluctant to boo off the performer in the British version.:)
- Steven Speilberg is funding a social network around alien sightings. Ugh! It was this obsession that led to the alien theme in the latest Indy movie, didn't it?
I recommend listening to the podcast if you have the time, but here's the summary. Stephen Dubner describes the Cambridge Sommerville Youth Study. The impact of social intervention programs in general is hard to measure and so they seldom are. This was the first attempt at measuring the impact over a long period of time.
It's a great story and there are a few good take-aways, but here's the main one: troubled or at-risk youth that received mentoring (good mentoring!) had worse life outcomes across every dimension than the kids that were left alone. Despite the recipients saying that the mentoring was incredibl…