Diego Maradona, the Perfect Celebrity Athlete

Nov 26, 2020

Diego Maradona was an imperfect athlete, but a perfect celebrity athlete. His faults, inconsistencies, contradictions and oddities were clear in his playing years but became even clearer as he grew older. That’s why the media loved him and made him the most dazzling and fascinating footballer of...

Racism Is in Bollywood’s DNA
Sep 16, 2020

Racism Is in Bollywood's DNA

The Kardashians Changed Everything
Sep 09, 2020

The Kardashians Changed Everything

Welcome to the Curiosity Economy
Jul 27, 2020

Welcome to the Curiosity Economy

Media Match of the Century: Joe Rogan vs. The New York Times

Media Match of the Century: Joe Rogan vs. The New York Times

May 27, 2020

Bari Weiss is one of those oddly uninteresting personalities that The New York Times loves to elevate to the status of a columnist because her opinions reflect a certain strain of not quite hip but sufficiently arrogant trendiness that The Times finds marketable to its readership. Weiss conforms...

#MeToo: Power, Let’s Talk About It

#MeToo: Power, Let’s Talk About It

Feb 27, 2020

This is a story I have been sitting on for over a year, trying to get it right. It is a story about womanhood, immigration, my remarkably uneventful experience of dating R. Kelly, and the intersection between the American pop culture and the #MeToo movement. Let me start by saying that it took...

Is Brazil’s Soft Power Under Threat?

Is Brazil’s Soft Power Under Threat?

Feb 21, 2020

An image isn’t just worth a thousand words. A good public image generates better market positions, healthier interpersonal relationships and, of course, profits. When it comes to a country’s image, its importance is even bigger, not only for economic growth but for the safety of its citizens....

Is Twitter Killing the Written Word?

Is Twitter Killing the Written Word?

Feb 14, 2020

If Donald Trump had anything in common with a poet, it would be Homer. Homer was a pre-literate poet from Ancient Greece, while Trump is a post-literate US president who prefers to be briefed orally, gets his news from television and boasts that he likes to read as little as possible. Homer refers...

Did You Say High Culture Was Dead?

Did You Say High Culture Was Dead?

Dec 12, 2019

When I was a was a young teen attending a German high school in southern Bavarian in the late 1960s, we were made to know how to distinguish between high and popular culture. High culture was Kafka and Thomas Mann, Beethoven and Mozart, Goethe and Berthold Brecht, Fritz Lang and Josef von...

Why Disney Is Betting Big on Streaming

Why Disney Is Betting Big on Streaming

Nov 23, 2019

When Bob Iger was 23, his first boss at ABC told him he was “unpromotable.” “I wish he were alive just to see that he was wrong,” Iger, now chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, told Wharton management Professor Adam Grant during a recent appearance as part of the Authors@Wharton...

The Issue Behind the WAG Instagram Scandal

The Issue Behind the WAG Instagram Scandal

Oct 11, 2019

“She said to me: ‘I’m not pointing the finger’ and I said: ‘You have just annihilated me in public and hung me out to dry. The whole world hates me!’” So says wide-eyed Rebekah Vardy, seemingly incredulous at her friend Coleen Rooney’s very public, even flamboyant disclosure that...