Can Motivational Office Art Ever Actually Work?
November 29, 2012

These aren't the cheesy inspiration posters the Internet loves to mock. Still, can office art ever truly motivate people?

Obama’s Fatal Ambivalence About Wall Street: Convention Edition
September 03, 2012

For those who aren’t familiar with the mini-soap opera surrounding the convention fundraising effort, it goes something like this:

Don't Be Evil
July 13, 2011

In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives By Steven Levy (Simon & Schuster, 423 pp., $26)  The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry) By Siva Vaidhyanathan (University of California Press, 265 pp., $26.95)  I. For cyber-optimists and cyber-pessimists alike, the advent of Google marks off two very distinct periods in Internet history. The optimists remember the age before Google as chaotic, inefficient, and disorganized.

The Election Before the Election
October 12, 2009

Political circumstances can change unexpectedly, of course, but at the moment the Democrats seem very likely to lose seats in the 2010 midterms, and possibly quite a few of them. What's a little harder to predict is what will happen in the 2010 Republican primaries, where the number of insurgent, tea-party-propelled challenges to establishment candidates continues to multiply.

Why Health Reform Matters: Some Personal Illustrations
September 09, 2009

Want a hint about what the president will say tonight? Check out the guest list for the First Lady's box, which the White House just published.

Failed State
September 05, 2005

Can any governor succeed in California?