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A really fantastic article from the New Yorker was sent to me today, I think it deserves notice. I’ll try to comment on it later when I have some time.

http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/070129fa_fact_groopman

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NY Times provides us with more interesting content.

More and more South Korean men are finding wives outside of South Korea, where a surplus of bachelors, a lack of marriageable Korean partners and the rising social status of women have combined to shrink the domestic market for the marriage-minded male. Bachelors in China, India and other Asian nations, where the traditional preference for sons has created a disproportionate number of men now fighting over a smaller pool of women, are facing the same problem.

The article actually painted a fairly positive picture, portraying an industry that is trying to help people, with many successful marriages, as opposed to one that takes advantage of people.

I find it fascinating that a traditional homogeneous culture like Korea has taken to cross-ethnic marriages. NY Times sites that the rate of marriage to foreignors in Korea has risen from 4% to 14% in just 5 years since 2000.

Shock and distaste is a natural reaction, although it is worth mentioning that the company portrayed seem to make a real effort to match-and-meet people compared to the days of the mail-order brides from Russia. Also, I find people who criticize these programs to be entirely self-righteous. As long as people make the decision themselves, people seem to choose appropriately in a rational sort of way. The book, Freakonomics cites some interesting data that seems to show that women who choose polygamy do so after a rational (and usually accurate) determination of their available choices.

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Arthur Sulzberger, the owner-chairman of the NY Times, recently discussed the relationship of print and online media in an interview that was posted on Haaretz.com.  (Click for link to the direct story is here)

Of interest, is the quote: “I really don’t know whether we’ll be printing the Times in five years, and you know what? I don’t care either.”  Sulzberger sees a time when the print edition of the NY Times will become obsolete, and cites the vast differences in production costs that are required in the print version compared to online.

I personally love the website, the power of search is amazing.  However, I have to admit that I’d be a little sad to see printed newspapers go away.  It makes sense, of course, particularly for a newspaper with a global audience like the New York Times.  While I love picking up a copy before an airline flight (or any other time I will be offline), I can’t help but think how HEAVY all that paper is, and the cost of delivering it to every little newspaper store in the world (never mind the cost of printing it), and how much of that weight and paper usually gets dropped into the trash (on a good day) unread.

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