Lydia DePillis

If You Rebuild It, They Might Not Come

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

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

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A Bite from the Apple Store

What JCPenney's Failed Imitation Says About Retail—and Identity

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.  

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Apple Agonistes

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

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

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Microsoft's Mark Penn Mistake

The tech giant is treating Google like a political rival

It's running a political campaign against Google.

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Newsomville

What happens when the town hall goes digital?

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

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Hunters Have an NRA Problem

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

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

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How Do You Stop Racism on Twitter?

Not by shaming or prosecuting users, for starters

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

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

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

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