Saletan’s Stat-Packed 2010 State of the Digital World

Slate's irreplaceable William Saletan uses President Obama's State of the Union address and today's Apple tablet announcement as a news peg to post an excellent 1,200 words on the state of the world as we live it through technology. With links to a wide range of sources, the piece covers the digital populations, mobile computing, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, e-learning, e-healthcare … e-culture. It's an excellent starting point for discussions about media, technology, business and society, filled with illuminating stats.

Good line: "People are dead, and new people have been born, because of what happens in cyberspace."