Brands Make Lousy Lovers

What brand doesn’t belong on this list? Amazon, Uber, Yelp, Hillary. It’s a trick question. They all belong. In recent days, they’ve all been making it harder for their fans to love them. I loved Amazon at first sight. Later, when it killed Borders, I forgave it, and called it… More

The Secret of Warren Bennis’s Success

Though the size of Warren Bennis’s obituary in The New York Times was epic – all six columns across, filling most of the space above the fold on the back page of the A section – its text made no mention of something about him I always thought inextricable from… More

Please Manipulate Me

What do you call it when media try to manipulate your feelings without first asking for informed consent? Tuesday. Example: The average Facebook user sees only 20 percent of the 1,500 stories per day that could have shown up in their news feed. The posts you receive are determined by… More

Participant Media’s Impact Index

The New York Times devoted significant ink this week to The Participant Index (TPI), an effort by Participant Media to quantify and compare the relative social impact of films, TV shows and online video. The article also mentioned the Lear Center’s $4.2 million Media Impact Project, which has consulted on… More

Imagining the Future of 3D Printing at Fractal

Ever since I started doing research on fashion design and copyright, I’ve been tracking the progress of 3D printing technology. The disruptive possibilities of this technology are abundantly clear in the fashion sector, and so I was thrilled to receive an invitation to attend fractal, a very unique conference in… More

The Best No-Hitter Ever Heard

If a pitcher threw a no-hitter but no one could watch it on television, did it really happen? Josh Beckett, who pitches for my beloved Los Angeles Dodgers, immediately became the best story of this young baseball season when he no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend. Any no-hitter is amazing,… More

Black Twitter, “Scandal” & Must-Tweet TV

A few years ago, I noticed a bunch of hashtags appearing in the “Trending Topics” section of Twitter that I just couldn’t make heads or tails of. Each one I clicked on revealed a sea of black faces and I thought, Oh! This is some kind of in-joke in the… More