Jason Cochran

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Archive for March, 2011

Mar

29

2011

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How the Web destroyed our economy

Tweet You’re going to think I’m nuts. But I’m growing convinced: The Web has trashed the American economy. Back in the ’20s, mass production transformed the way we made and bought things. Henry Ford and his magnate brethren learned how to make vast quantities of consumer items quickly, and to sell those consumer items, they […]

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Mar

28

2011

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Daniel Radcliffe’s rapture at meeting Liza Minnelli (makes me giddy, too)

Tweet I am beginning to think that Twitter appeals to the lazy guy in me. Instead of posting something here, I tweet it (@bastable) because that’s quicker and shorter. But so many of my activities are not being properly preserved except at the Library of Congress. Last night, for example. I went to the opening […]

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Mar

8

2011

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On the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire anniversary, a government that dishonors it

Tweet It happened on March 25, but there had been warnings for years. Factory owners across America amassed fortunes by exploiting what was, at the time, a seemingly inexhaustible resource: immigrants. Newly arrived Europeans were expendable. They had a weak political voice, so crossing them had little negative impact for politicians and none for businessmen, […]

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Mar

7

2011

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I’ve been on national TV a wee bit lately… and it’s a gas

Tweet Since mid-December, I’ve been appearing on CBS’s The Early Show more or less weekly. Strangely, I find it easier than my weekly segment on Fox Philly partly because at CBS, I can actually have a conversation with the person sitting across from me. Part of the reason is because the staff is truly nice, […]

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