In the event you seek something other than distraction this weekend, here are some suggested readings for your edification:
• Synthetic Novelty Is Not Reality – In Salon, writer David Sirota reflects on “the hullabaloo surrounding Florida pastor Terry Jones and his much-hyped plans to burn the Quran” and concludes that “we have just witnessed the realization of historian Daniel J. Boorstin’s most renowned prophecy”—i.e., “that real news and serious discourse would eventually be replaced by a ‘new kind of synthetic novelty’ called ‘pseudo-events.'”
• America’s Decoupling from Reality – Journalist Robert Parry examines “the consequences of the nation’s three-decade-old decoupling from reality” and “how the country stumbled into this morass” (republished by Common Dreams).
• Stephen Hawking Asks, What Is Reality? – Time magazine offers a brief excerpt from the new book, The Grand Design, by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow.