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This is an ongoing controversial question that plagues the mind of magazine publishers (and retailers). Already the way we demand content has changed, and even the sale of magazines from a retail perspective has changed. Sahil discusses the US model where everything is sold by subscription versus NZ (and Australia) where we are still dependent on touch and feel. Sahil explains the online environment in terms of magazine subscriptions, but then looks more broadly at whether magazines as a genre will die.

Sahil Merchant is the chief magazineologist at Magnation

Direct download: Wammo_and_Sahil_Merchant_1_04_08.mp3
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Te Radar broadcasts from a hill in Kumeu and ponders new research that says cell phones are more dangerous than smoking. How can we do without our cell phones when other research says that we maybe suffering from Namophobia? Still surely chatting on the phone is not as dangerous than driving in Afghanistan, no wonder New Zealand troops are taking drugs but will they be slapped with a fee? Finally the saudi prince is planning a tower, a really really big one.

Te Radar has an opinion on almost anything and most of the time can be found milking the goat on his farm.

Direct download: Wammo_and_Te_Radar_1_04_08.mp3
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Video games get allot of bad press often being blamed for society's violent social ills but now it seems a new video game is out to change that perception. Mindhabits offers players simple exercises that can help them maintain a more positive state of mind. It is based on more than a decade of social intelligence research conducted at Montreal’s McGill University by a team led by Dr. Mark Baldwin. Dr. Baldwin says:

We started with the idea that just as playing the game Tetris over and over for hours can start to shape the way you look at the world (even in your dreams!), playing a specially-designed computer game might also help to improve your thoughts and feelings about yourself

We drew on research showing that certain people have attentional biases toward socially threatening information, so they automatically focus on any sign of rejection or criticism from others, which in turn perpetuates their sensitivity to rejection and heightened tendency to experience social stress.

Direct download: Wammo_and_Dr_Baldwin_1_04_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:08am EDT