Matt Boomer

Contributions by Matt

  • Sharks and the Knowledge Problem

    This week is Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week,” known in the halls of that network as “The Week That Gets us Paid,” and in my house as “The Week I Think About Getting Cable.” Since the suits at Discovery first experimented with airing a week of shark-centric programming in 1988, Shark Week has become a cultural phenomenon. What began as a humble exercise in edu-tainment now imperiously cruises the summer TV waters like the Megalodon of old, leaving the competition trembling in its wake.

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  • 17 Years into the War on Terror, Objectives Have Changed but Motives Are the Same

    I have little love in my heart for “War on -noun-” campaigns. It is impossible to define victory or defeat in a “war” where the enemy is an ambiguously defined bogeyman rather than a real force.

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