Welcome to the Curiosity Economy

Jul 27, 2020

In 1954, when television sets were just becoming widespread in American homes, Alfred Hitchcock made “Rear Window.” The film portrays L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries, a magazine photographer played by James Stewart, stuck at home in a wheelchair with a broken leg, whose only entertainment is gazing...

Media Match of the Century: Joe Rogan vs. The New York Times
May 27, 2020

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

#MeToo: Power, Let’s Talk About It
Feb 27, 2020

#MeToo: Power, Let’s Talk About It

Is Brazil’s Soft Power Under Threat?
Feb 21, 2020

Is Brazil’s Soft Power Under Threat?

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...