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The Captain Kirk Problem: How Doctor Who Betrayed Matt Smith

Lots of good pulls in this Atlantic article, but some highlights:
The entirety of Season Six is when Moffat’s fascination for plot twists and open-ended mysteries (in our house, we describe this unfortunate tendency as “plotty-wotty”) took over the show, and the whole product suffered.

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As Moffat checked off the boxes, ... all I could think of was The Eight Deadly Words that doom all forms of storytelling: I don’t care what happens to these people.

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If only the problems with this show had anything to do with the cast.
I've said it so much on Twitter it should be embarrassing, but Moffat has to go. Who do I write at the BBC? Someone has to be keeping tabs on this kind of criticism, yes?

The struggle of an indexed life

I live online. That's a statement means different things to different people.

To people before my generation, that may mean I've made a choice disconnect from "real life" and spend it staring at a series of LCD screens.

To those within my generation (or neighboring it), it may mean that I've adopted the position that my job and life nearly require me to be tethered to a mobile device (phone, laptop, tablet) for pretty much every waking hour--standard exceptions for family events, medical moments, and Federally-imposed dead zones (airplanes). Sleep is not an excuse.

But, increasingly, being "online" is a default. A recent survey from the Institute for the Future asked participants "How many hours per week do you spend online?" Increasingly, the response to that question is: I don't understand the question. We are moving more to a culture where everything you do is online. The default is no longer "I choose to be online," it's &qu…