The News Media’s Piano Lacks a Sustain Pedal

December 10, 2019

The website FAIR calls itself a “national media watch group” whose mission consists of “scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.” All commercial news outlets tend to represent an often easily identifiable point of view on the...

Anger at Work: How Negative Emotions Cloud Judgment

May 31, 2019

New Wharton research reveals that angry people often lose the ability to see problems from another point of view, which can hamper efforts to resolve conflict. Anger is a particularly negative emotion in the workplace. It can rub off on managers, subordinates or co-workers, making them keep their...

Want to Build a Smart City?

April 27, 2019

Collaborative platforms, sustainability, public-private partnerships and data analytics are critical for developing smart and inclusive cities. The global smart-city movement, which has been around for more than two decades, has gone through three phases of evolution. It initially focused on...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Who’s a “Philistine”?

September 28, 2018

Art in the eyes of financial journalists is just another set of objects for sale, but at what price? To really understand the gap between the narrowly focused world of finance and the vast universe of the arts, what better place to go than the experts at Yahoo Finance and a video discussion...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Entertainment” with Steve Bannon

September 18, 2018

Does The Economist really think Steve Bannon can help define an “open future”? On September 15, The Economist inaugurated its Open Future festival, a global media event linking Hong Kong, London and New York. Its announced, noble intention was “to grapple with the most urgent issues of our...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Nothing Is “Priceless”

August 24, 2018

The wisdom of the free market is simple: you pay the price, even if you had no idea there was a price. M.H. Miller, arts editor of The New York Times Style Magazine, writing in The Baffler tells the story of his struggle for survival in the US as an adult saddled with massive student debt. He...

When Acting Stupidly Just Isn’t Enough in America

August 22, 2018

America has never seen a president whose depth of ignorance is so profound that there is no line between truth and fiction that he seems capable of comprehending. I am trying hard to put myself in the shoes of a white, 30-something, mother of two toddlers, living in any American suburb to try to...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Definitely” Not Going Bankrupt

August 22, 2018

Even someone as vulnerable as Elon Musk can, between emotional outbursts, muster the hypocrisy required by a CEO to reassure the press. Elon Musk has never been shy about getting into the news cycle and has often been more inventive in finding pretexts for being talked about than in what most...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Meaning” What?

June 22, 2018

Voices that give meaning to meaning as society takes meaning away. Today’s most powerful voice in the wilderness may belong to Umair Haque, who in a recent column highlighted the moot question of the meaning of meaning. Reflecting on the dominant cultural trends of “materialism, rationalism,...

A Critique of a “Free” Press in a “Free” Society

June 06, 2018

Today, more than ever, the press must critically examine itself and stop doing those things that undermine overall credibility. It sure seems like there is no bottom to the hourly breathless “breaking news.” There is so much “breaking news” that the attempt to convey urgency has lost...

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