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Principles of the American Cargo Cult (2003)

I wrote these principles after reflecting on the content of contemporary newspapers and broadcast media and why that content disquieted me.  I saw that I was not disturbed so much by what was written or said as I was by what is not.  The tacit assumptions underlying most popular content reflect a worldview that is…
American Factories Demand White-Collar Education for Blue-Collar Work

American Factories Demand White-Collar Education for Blue-Collar Work

College-educated workers are taking over the American factory floor. New manufacturing jobs that require more advanced skills are driving up the education level of factory workers who in past generations could get by without higher education, an analysis of federal data by The Wall Street Journal found. Within the next three years, American...
In wake of Shutterstock’s Chinese censorship, American companies need to relearn American values – TechCrunch

In wake of Shutterstock’s Chinese censorship, American companies need to relearn American values –...

It’s among the most iconic images of the last few decades — a picture of an unknown man standing before a line of tanks during the protests in 1989 in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. In just one shot, the photographer, Jeff Widener, managed to convey a society struggling between the freedoms of individual citizens and the…
In wake of Shutterstock’s Chinese censorship, American companies need to relearn American values

In wake of Shutterstock’s Chinese censorship, American companies need to relearn American values

It’s among the most iconic images of the last few decades — a picture of an unknown man standing before a line of tanks during the protests in 1989 in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. In just one shot, the photographer, Jeff Widener, managed to convey a society struggling between the freedoms of individual citizens and the…
New Star Wars game show that sounds like American Ninja Warrior coming to Disney+

New Star Wars game show that sounds like American Ninja Warrior coming to Disney+

Hot off the success of Baby Yoda, Disney has ordered a new Star Wars show for its Disney+ streaming service, but this one seemingly shares more in common with American Ninja Warrior than The Mandalorian. Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge is described by Disney as a test of “strength, knowledge, and bravery” as contestants face…
American Express launches new in-app restaurant reservation booking following its Resy acquisition

American Express launches new in-app restaurant reservation booking following its Resy acquisition

Earlier this year, American Express announced it was acquiring Resy, the New York-based restaurant reservation platform whose software was used by 4,000+ restaurants across 10 countries. This week, the company has taken the next step to now integrated Resy’s system within the Amex Mobile App. In a new restaurant booking feature, Resy’s inventory will be…
Jeff Bezos and other American billionaires’ giving to charity, in one chart

Jeff Bezos and other American billionaires’ giving to charity, in one chart

One of the more compelling arguments against a wealth tax is that the rich already donate plenty to charity, money that would otherwise go to the government; this was part of Mark Zuckerberg’s defense of his class when he went on Fox News last month. But according to a table compiled and tweeted by UC…
The Real Class War – American Affairs Journal

The Real Class War – American Affairs Journal

Since at least 2016, the divide between the “working class” and the “elite” has been considered a defining issue in American (and Western) politics. This divide has been defined in occupational terms (“blue collar” versus “information workers”), geographic terms (rural and exurban regions versus major urban cores), and meritocratic terms (non-college-educated versus those with elite…
Why is American internet access so much more expensive than the rest of the world?

Why is American internet access so much more expensive than the rest of the...

When NYU economist Thomas Philippon moved to the United States from France in the 1990s, he noticed everything from laptops to internet access was cheaper in America. But over time, as the access industry consolidated, prices slowly rose and now Americans pay more for data than almost every other country worldwide. In his new book,…
The average American eats 17 teaspoons of added sugar daily. It’s killing us | Eleanor Cummins

The average American eats 17 teaspoons of added sugar daily. It’s killing us |...

There’s a delectable scene in André Aciman’s latest novel Find Me where three characters sit down to lunch. They have just purchased fresh fish and scallops from the market, plus spinach and wine. On a balcony overlooking Rome, the woman “split open the branzini she had broiled in a cast-iron frying pan, removed their bones,…

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Now you're playing with portable power — 43% of buyers use the portable device as their second Switch system. Kyle Orland - Nov 1, 2019 5:40 pm UTC Switch Lite sales started strong in September but have since leveled off a bit. More than 2 in 5 Switch Lite purchasers are using the system as…

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