Lydia DePillis

If You Rebuild It, They Might Not Come
Brad Pitt's beautiful houses are a drag on New Orleans
March 13, 2013

Brad Pitt's beautiful houses are a drag on New Orleans.

A Bite from the Apple Store
What JCPenney's Failed Imitation Says About Retail—and Identity
March 04, 2013

A leader out to revive JCPenney tried to make its stores look like Apple stores. It failed spectatularly—but not for the reasons you think.  

Apple Agonistes
What happens to Mac fanatics when the brand bums them out?
February 27, 2013

What happens to Mac fanatics when the brand bums them out?

Microsoft's Mark Penn Mistake
The tech giant is treating Google like a political rival
February 15, 2013

It's running a political campaign against Google.

Newsomville
What happens when the town hall goes digital?
February 11, 2013

Local governments have gone online with alacrity. What have their consitutents gained—or lost—as a result?

Hunters Have an NRA Problem
At what point does standing with the NRA become riskier than speaking out against it?
February 05, 2013

At what point does standing with the NRA become riskier than speaking out against it?

How Do You Stop Racism on Twitter?
Not by shaming or prosecuting users, for starters
January 31, 2013

France wants to prosecute people who write racist tweets. America prefers a different approach: vigilante justice. Neither one will solve the problem.

Inaugural Ball Hopping: "SimCity" Comes to the Capital, and Hollywood Stays Home
January 22, 2013

Inauguration night, featuring B-list celebrities and one amazing video game.

Inaugural Party-Hopping: Ralph Nader at a Ball Edition
January 21, 2013

Where else could a 9/11 truther rant without interruption?

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