Content tagged with "society"

Adam vs Danny
April 11, 2009

A showdown is looming on American Idol which I think is going to be pretty interesting to watch. The top two contenders – the two I firmly believe will fight it out in the last episode – could not be...

Diplomas and Value Judgements
June 28, 2006

Not graduating from high school causes people to judge you, for all sorts of reasons.

“Downtown, where all the lights are bright.”
December 26, 2008

If we had to re-make cities from scratch, would they have downtowns?

Effort and Potential
October 15, 2014

Almost everybody has heard of “The 10,000 Hour Rule,” which says it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master anything. I actually read the original study (PDF) last year. But I’ve often wondered...

Gratifying Narrative Syndrome
October 6, 2014

As human beings, we chronically suffer from what I call “Gratifying Narrative Syndrome,” or a desire to confirm narratives that we find emotionally or psychologically gratifying. You see these all the...

The Human Tie and the Lack of Corporate Morality
October 13, 2014

I own 25% of my company, which is a significant percentage. This chunk of ownership binds me to this company, in the sense that I see the company as a sort of extension of myself in many ways. I’m...

I Miss You
April 13, 2019

Thoughts on middle-age male friendship, or the lack thereof.

Needless Sex in Film and TV
January 8, 2009

I’m not against nudity in media, so long as it has a point.

Of Tumors and Borders
June 17, 2006

The human condition is universal.

On Moral Hazard
October 19, 2019

As I write this, America is embroiled in the Ukrainian impeachment crisis. The claim is that Donald Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for a political favor – he wanted them to...

Solving the Working Poor
April 15, 2006

Improving the plight of the working poor can be a trickier problem than you think.

The Unbundling of “Marriage”
May 12, 2010

Marriage is a bundle. It is, all at once, a contract, a romance, and a spiritual institution. But I don’t think it’s going to stay this way. Marriage is actually three structures, layered on top of...

The Validity of The Lesser of Two Evils
October 2, 2014

This article has reinforced a paradigm that I think gets ignored too often by the environmentally conscious: when considering an optional you find lacking, always consider the alternative or the...

Why Marketing Bothers Me
October 9, 2014

I was thinking about marketing this week while I was on a trip, and two things occurred to me that I find distasteful about the discipline. I’m not claiming all marketing is like this, but I’d call it...