Apr

7

2011

(3)

Facebook’s gift to society: Passive affection

Tweet There may be few things more annoying than reading the results of yet another study in the press. The only thing more dispiriting, I guess, would be one more self-serving article about Twitter. Enough already! Yet here’s one that dares to be exponentially more pretentious by being both at once. Don’t worry. I’ll boil […]

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Apr

6

2011

(2)

OKCupid dating site hides the ‘ugly’ people from your matches

Tweet Well, this is disgusting. I joined a dating site, OKCupid, early last week. (Stop chuckling. That’s not the disgusting part.) I’m not a big dating site fan, but a friend said it was fun, so I figured I’d give it a try. I’m a explorer by nature. I try stuff. Anyway, OkCupid allows users […]

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Mar

29

2011

(1)

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

(3)

Mar

8

2011

(18)

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

(1)

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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Feb

28

2011

(0)

Censored from my interview of Anthony Bourdain

Tweet I interviewed Anthony Bourdain for AOL Travel. He was driving his car somewhere, so he put on his car speaker and I chatted with him as he owned the highway, like William Daniels and the Hoff, if the Hoff was a genius writer and not a clown. His response to my last question was […]

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Feb

24

2011

(3)

The Tyranny of the Click

Tweet Do you even know what’s happening to your news? Media companies are tracking the hot terms that people are searching for from minute to minute, and when those terms come up on their computers, there’s a little button. Hit that button and a new rough draft is created with those search terms as the […]

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Jan

17

2011

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The 3 o’clock travel photo project

Tweet Before I was a travel writer, I was a full-time traveler. I spent nearly two years out on the road, backpacking around the world. And for many months of that journey, I conducted with an unusual experiment. Every day at 3 o’clock on the dot, no matter where I was or what I was […]

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Jan

14

2011

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Transportation is life

Tweet The government doesn’t pay much attention to making sure we can get where we need to go. Subway lines are falling apart, buses infrequent, train systems decimated, and high-speed rail has been politicized into a fantasy. The ways in which we suffer extend far beyond mere inconvenience. In America, getting there is not considered […]

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