I recommend setting aside some quiet time to read Charles Murray's take on the increasingly sharp polarisation of American society.  He asks, "How much run does the American project have? as he unpacks a civic culture so widely shared that it's more like a civil religion.
Of all the tech announcements and government hype, the initiative I admire most lands on page 9 of the Sunday Times. It's John Handelaar's FixMyStreet project, one I hope goes the distance. 
And Ireland's Social Media Awards ramps up into the submission phase this week but I wonder how in the world you can apply a standard of effectiveness to a Twitter account since few people ever agree on communications protocols in tweetspace.
See the five-minute video below the break.
1. Charles Murry -- Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010 ISBN 978-0307453426
2. Audible version of the Handelaar story by Eithne Shortall in the Sunday Times, February 12, 2012.
Today is the anniversary of my dad's death.