American Idol David Cook – Guitar Hero “Risky Business” commercial

May 23, 2008

News:  Reprising Tom Cruise’s most famous scene in Risky Business, American Idol winner David Cook has this cool commercial for the immensely popular “Guitar Hero” video game.


NYT David Brooks on “The Alpha Geeks”

May 23, 2008

News:  David Brooks has a fun look at “The Alpha Geeks” in an op-ed in the NYT.  Here’s a cool passage:

“The jock can shine on the football field, but the geeks can display their supple sensibilities and well-modulated emotions on their Facebook pages, blogs, text messages and Twitter feeds. Now there are armies of designers, researchers, media mavens and other cultural producers with a talent for whimsical self-mockery, arcane social references and late-night analysis.

“They can visit eclectic sites like Kottke.org and Cool Hunting, experiment with fonts, admire Stewart Brand and Lawrence Lessig and join social-networking communities with ironical names. They’ve created a new definition of what it means to be cool, a definition that leaves out the talents of the jocks, the M.B.A.-types and the less educated.”