Why Being a Part-Time Worker Is Miserable
Bloomberg View, July 29, 2014If unreliable schedules are so burdensome, why don’t workers switch to jobs with better schedules but lower pay? Why don’t competitors offer such options?
Political Victory Punctures Illusions: Visual Persuasion and Politics
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Cato Unbound, July 21, 2014Political victory, then, is like meeting your idol or getting your dream job. It punctures the illusion, revealing the contradictions, difficulties, and flaws hidden in the glamorous idea of a world transformed. Those problems may be as mundane as dysfunctional health-insurance websites or stop-and-go freeway traffic. Or they may be as horrific as gulags and famine. Whatever the particulars, utopia never arrives. History doesn’t end. Neither does political conflict.
The Deadly Quest for Grace: Visual Persuasion in Politics
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Cato Unbound, July 21, 2014What are the dangers of glamour in politics?
Amazon Is Going All Netflix on Book Publishers
Bloomberg View, July 17, 2014Amazon has been quietly testing a Kindle subscription service offering an unlimited number of digital books for $9.99 a month, the tech site Gigaom reported yesterday. The bundled pricing model makes a lot of sense, but it’s hard to pull off.
Turning College into a No-Thought Zone
Bloomberg View, July 14, 2014Zones that quarantine speech on public college campuses violate both the First Amendment and the mission of higher education.
No Fireworks on the Fourth of July: Visual Persuasion and Politics
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Cato Unbound, July 07, 2014Images are so ubiquitous they’ve been called “the lingua franca of politics.”We can no more escape them than we can shed the human characteristics that make visual rhetoric effective. Whether conjured with words or presented in pigments or pixels, images speak to our social, sensory, and emotional natures. Those aspects of human nature aren’t going to disappear just because intelligent, articulate people try to ignore or suppress them. Instead of dismissing, neglecting, or condemning the power of images, therefore, it makes sense to try to understand how they work and what different forms of visual persuasion might tell us about the relation between political audiences and those who seek to influence them.
Is a Picture Worth 1,000 Polls?
Bloomberg View, June 25, 2014New research suggests that positive images in the New York Times portend better poll numbers to come. The same is true of photos in the Washington Post, whose recent choices portray the president looking authoritative or family-friendly. Unlike presidential photos carried by Reuters and the Guardian, where positive images hew closely to current public opinion, the images in two U.S. papers seem to predict -- or to influence -- future attitudes.
Let's Charge Politicians for Wasting Our Time
Bloomberg View, June 03, 2014Political robocalls are intrusive and annoying. Here’s a better idea: You should be able to set a charge for calling you.
The War Between 'Authors' and Writers
Bloomberg View, June 01, 2014The Authors Guild has for years actively undermined writers' interests while claiming in federal court to speak in our name. Here's why I joined the upstart Authors Alliance, even though I write for money.
What Does This Mean? “If Russia Gets Gay With Us She’ll Have Some Pretty Muscular Soldiers to Meet”
Slate, May 29, 2014What a 1903 advertisement for kids’ underwear teaches about history, language, and U.S.-Russia relations.