Links: English in Europe, social media in America, the nature of language, and more!

* “America’s social-media addiction is getting worse.” No word on America’s novel-reading addiction.

* Relatedly, “The Last Great American Novelist: Toni Morrison and the fate of fiction in an age of distraction.”

* “Death of the Neighborhood Bar.” See also me on The Great Good Place — Roy Oldenburg. Most regulators don’t seem to think about social connection and fabric, or the connection of both to licensure.

* “Don’t Believe a Word by David Shariatmadari review – the truth about language.” Annoyingly, this one won’t be published in the U.S. until January. Pre-ordered.

* “Copenhagen has taken bicycle commuting to a whole new level.” I’m jealous of their clean air and pleasant streets.

* The Suicides in South Korea, and the Suicide of South Korea.

* “Do You Want My Garbage?” “There is a fine line between respecting others’ right to their bad taste, and opting to participate in it.”

* “The Real Problem At Yale Is Not Free Speech.” Lots of things I suspect are incorrect in this one, but the takeaway may be that Yale seems like an unpleasant place to be. So why not go somewhere else, somewhere that is not consumed with bizarre status rituals? Unless you’re on scholarship, in which case it’s likely worth putting up with.

* “As Student Debt Rises, Teens Are Rethinking the College Experience.” Lots of anecdote, little data.

* Big Money Starts to Dump Stocks That Pose Climate Risks.

* Amazon and publishing. None of the other players did anything about this and none of them have the technical teams, experience, or culture to match Amazon. This is another example of software eating the world.

* Was email a mistake? On synchronous vs asynchronous communication and many other topics. I may put this one in my email signature.

* The Power of a Community College.

* “Why solar and wind aren’t enough.” The only plausible energy source compatible with global climate change is nuclear.

* “Parlez-Vous Anglais? Yes, of Course. Europeans speaking perfect English sounds like good news for native speakers, but it may also be a threat.” Good news, says I. And if we can’t compete with their English BA courses, we deserve to lose.

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