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Before Google, and long before Facebook, Bezos had realized that the greatest value of an online company lay in the consumer data it collected. ---->>>

Character is destiny, and politicians usually get the scandals they deserve, with a sense of inevitability about them. ---->>>

The invisibility of work and workers in the digital age is as consequential as the rise of the assembly line and, later, the service economy. ---->>>

Gingrich was a far more volatile and aggressive individual than Boehner, but the institutional norms of self-restraint, and perhaps even self-interest, have broken down under the pressure of an increasingly abnormal Republican Party. ---->>>

Whether as victim, demon, or hero, the industrial worker of the past century filled the public imagination in books, movies, news stories, and even popular songs, putting a grimy human face on capitalism while dramatizing the social changes and conflicts it brought. ---->>>

While starving refugees in Homs were providing target practice for government snipers, Bashar al-Assad's strongest international backer was in Sochi, at the Iceberg Skating Palace, visibly moved, smiling with deep satisfaction, as the Russians beautifully glided and leaped their way to the gold medal in the team event. ---->>>

Too many talented and supremely calculating politicians, including Nixon and Clinton, have destroyed their careers, or come close, by acting in ways that were obviously against their own interests. ---->>>

Everything seems set up for success in digital journalism - money, eyeballs, software, brands. ---->>>

It's a cliche that the Senate is broken, and like most cliches, it's true. ---->>>

Surrendering to jargon is a sign of journalism's dismal lack of self-confidence in the optimized age of content-management systems. ---->>>

I actually think that self-interest is overrated as an all-purpose guide to political motive. It leaves out something at least as powerful and immovable - individual psychology. ---->>>

No one pretends anymore that the Olympics are just about sports. It's routine to talk about what effect holding the Games in this or that capital will have on the host country's international reputation, how a nation's prestige can be raised by its medal count. ---->>>

The Senate was an odd compromise between the founders and the early leaders of the republic who wanted a single house which was based on popular sovereignty representing the people and those founders who wanted two houses, the upper house, the Senate, being the more aristocratic. ---->>>

Today, we have our own concentrations of economic power. Instead of Standard Oil, U.S. Steel, the Union Pacific Railroad, and J. P. Morgan and Company, we have Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft. ---->>>

What the Web has never figured out is how to pay for reporting, which, with the collapse of print newspapers, is in desperately short supply, and without which even the most prolific commenters will someday run out of things to say. ---->>>

With work increasingly invisible, it's much harder to grasp the human effects, the social contours, of the Internet economy. ---->>>

Putin stands for the opposite of a universal ideology; he has become an arch-nationalist of a pre-Cold War type, making mystic appeals to motherland and religion. ---->>>

I've been interested in American politics since I was eight. That was in 1968. It was an interesting year. I was a huge Eugene McCarthy supporter, so I guess he was the first senator I really knew about and cared about. ---->>>

Much of the international unease with the Sochi Games has focused on the threat of terrorism, Putin's domestic repressiveness, and the Russian campaign of anti-gay propaganda. ---->>>

Amazon's identity and goals are never clear and always fluid, which makes the company destabilizing and intimidating. ---->>>

It seems preposterous now, but Amazon began as a bookstore. ---->>>

It's essential for the U.S. and Europe to prevent Putin from going farther and reversing the hard-won independence of former Soviet republics. ---->>>

To many book professionals, Amazon is a ruthless predator. The company claims to want a more literate world - and it came along when the book world was in distress, offering a vital new source of sales. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 08-13, 1960
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Occupation: Novelist
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George Packer (born August 13, 1960) is an American journalist, novelist, and playwright. He is best known for his writings for The New Yorker about U.S. foreign policy and for his book The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq. Packer also wrote The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, covering the history of America from 1978 to 2012 (wikipedia)