7 Smuggest Lines from Jonathan Franzen's Rant Against Smugness
September 13, 2013
Jonathan Franzen wouldn’t know irony if he tripped over it. Last year, he declared that “serious readers and writers, these are my people. And we do not like to yak about ourselves,” at a public reading. At a large university.
Five Things to Know About Twitter's IPO
September 13, 2013
Twitter has announced its plans to join the stock market. We answer five questions on the social networking site’s plans for stock market flotation.How did the company announce its plans to join the stock market?On Twitter of course.
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.
Google May Be About to Ruin the NFL for You
August 21, 2013
It was inevitable that the behemoth known as Google and the behemoth known as the National Football League would cross paths.
Newspapers Should Be More Like Amazon
August 08, 2013
What’s intriguing about Jeff Bezos, who purchased The Washington Post this week, is not that he’s a digital guy or that he has a lot of money—though both certainly help—but that ever since he founded Amazon, he’s specialized in the long view.
Cory Booker’s Shady Role in Web Startup Waywire
August 07, 2013
The New York Times’ front-page report on Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s involvement in a fledgling web-video start-up called Waywire contains some troubling and surprising revelations. The article details that the majority of Booker’s wealth—and up to $5
Silicon Valley Is Insensitive to Homeless People
July 29, 2013
According to his Twitter profile, Francis Pedraza, founder of Everest, seeks to lead his team "towards our vision of unlocking human potential." It's an interesting goal to consider in light of what Pedraza said last week.
Getting Over It
June 17, 2013
Just last Friday, walking down the street, I saw a handmade sign above a dumpster warning passersby not to deposit their trash there. "Smile. You're on camera," said the sign.
That's one consultant's advice, anyway, for paranoid companies.
Big Data Is Not Our Master
June 11, 2013
Humans create technology. Humans can control it.