Popular Culture Has Soured on Silicon Valley's Hotshots
September 08, 2013
Are tech entrepreneurs replacing Wall Streeters as the rich bad guys in the popular imagination? It’s starting to seem that way, at least in the media.
Fourteen Tech Founders NOT Wearing Hoodies
May 22, 2013
In the wake of Yahoo's Tumblr acquisition, the New York Times has a mini-profile of David Karp, the microblogging site's founder. We are informed, in no fewer than three places, of Karp's predilection for casual wear.
How Republicans Can Raise Millions in Silicon Valley
May 20, 2013
Chris Christie's template for milking the tech sector.
FWD.us is playing a familiar game to get immigration reform passed.
Is Obama a “Redistributionist”? Sort of.
September 19, 2012
Barack Obama may be a redistributionist, but he has yet to redistribute any money.
A Message for New Health Professionals—and a Mission
June 13, 2012
Last month, I had the privilege of speaking at commencement exercises for the health professional schools at Nova Southeastern University. It was a homecoming of sorts: I spent most of my childhood in South Florida, about fifteen miles from the campus. But a lot has changed. When I left in the late 1980s, the sports/concert arena where I spoke did not exist. Neither did the hockey team that plays there. As for NSU, I remember it as a small, relatively obscure school, with maybe a few thousand students overall and no significant presence in health care.
The Facebook Part of Your Brain
May 08, 2012
Why do I post my opinions online, day after day? Ostensibly it's to earn money to feed my family. But there are much easier ways to do that. According to a new study by Harvard psychologists Diana I. Tamir and Jason P. Mitchell published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (and written up in the May 8 Wall Street Journal), I suffer from a "species-specific motivation to share one's beliefs and knowledge about the world" that kicks in at about 9 months, which means I've been doing it almost 54 years.
What’s Facebook’s Relationship Status With the GOP? It’s Complicated.
November 16, 2011
Silicon Valley generally leans left of center in its politics, and Facebook, the web’s leading social utility valued at an estimated $85 billion, hasn't often seemed inclined to be an exception. After all, Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s CEO, has himself gone out of his way to make supportive appearances with President Obama.
The Worst Lists
November 03, 2011
50 Most Beautiful PeopleThe Hill Is there anything less useful than this bloated vanity project? The apparent Republican bias only makes it more suspect. The Worst 50 States in America Gawker How do you squander the potentially compelling idea of assessing the weaknesses of each of our nation’s states?
The Internet Intellectual
October 12, 2011
Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live By Jeff Jarvis (Simon & Schuster, 263 pp., $26.99) In 1975, Malcolm Bradbury published The History Man, a piercing satire of the narcissistic pseudo-intellectualism of modern academia. The novel recounts a year in the life of the young radical sociologist Howard Kirk—“a theoretician of sociability”—who is working on a book called The Defeat of Privacy.