Crowdfunding Is Not a Scam, It's Market Research
Bloomberg View, March 28, 2014The most successful crowdfunding projects aren’t charities. They’re ventures that produce something people wish they could buy. That makes crowdfunding a great way to test the market.
Michelangelo's David Has a Right to Bear Arms
Bloomberg View, March 17, 2014Michelangelo’s giant was meant as an inspiration to locals and a warning to would-be invaders. He wasn’t an underwear model. He was a Minuteman. Putting a gun in his hand may look weird, but it’s a lot truer to his original meaning than a souvenir apron.
'Average' Barbie Is Just as Fake
Bloomberg View, March 10, 2014As a mass-produced product, a doll represents a single version of female proportions. Taken as a role model, any single standard excludes those with a different build. Celebrating “average” doesn’t solve the problem.
Cutting-Edge Feminists of Latter-Day Saints
Bloomberg View, March 06, 2014Thanks to the First Amendment, the least regulated market in America is the market for religion. It’s also one of the most competitive. To attract and retain members, religious groups are constantly adapting and innovating, in sometimes surprising ways. No one in 1970 would have imagined that by the turn of the century, evangelical Protestants would be worshipping to rock music in mega-churches.A long New York Times article this weekend profiled another such adaptation: a change in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’s policies toward young women going on two-year Mormon missions. After the church lowered the age requirement for women from 21 to 19 in October 2012, the number of female missionaries about tripled, to 23,000.
Oscar Likes the Older Women
Bloomberg View, February 28, 2014So much for the theory that Hollywood has no place for women who’ve outgrown ingenue roles: At 39, Amy Adams is the youngest of this year’s Academy Award nominees for best actress. It’s the oldest slate in history, with an average age of 55 and a median of 49.
Obama Fails Art History and Economics
Bloomberg View, January 31, 2014President Obama had a perfectly fine message for young people when he spoke at a General Electric plant in Wisconsin yesterday: Learning a skilled trade can be just as lucrative and worthy of respect as getting a college diploma. Unfortunately, that’s not what he said. Instead, he took a cheap shot at the favorite punching bag of people who deride higher education in general and the liberal arts in particular. He attacked art history.
Is There a Right Way to Have Cancer?
Bloomberg View, January 13, 2014Cancer is one of those subjects like diet or child-rearing where everyone seems to have a strong opinion about the right way to do things.
Two Cheers for "First World Problems"
Bloomberg View, January 02, 2014When United Parcel Service and FedEx missed last-minute Christmas deliveries, gift givers who’d relied on rush service were upset. But instead of public sympathy, their outrage and disappointment elicited ridicule and lectures.Commenters called the procrastinating shoppers foolish and self-indulgent. The incident, many declared, was a “first world problem.”
How a "Car Gal" Took the Wheel at GM
Bloomberg View, December 10, 2013With its appointment of Mary Barra to succeed Daniel Akerson as chief executive officer, General Motors Co. brings to a half dozen the number of major U.S. corporations headed by women. Barra, who started at the company in 1980 while a student at the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), represents both continuity and change. Thirty years ago, few would have imagined that a woman would so quickly rise to head such a historically macho company, but several important factors worked in Barra’s favor.
Who Needs a Raise When You Have TV?
(Quite possibly the most ridiculous but traffic-inducing headline ever written)
Bloomberg View, December 02, 2013Are you better off now than you were 10 years ago? For middle-class Americans, a common answer to this version of Ronald Reagan’s old question is no. Nor are they optimistic about the future. The recession may be over officially, but a lot of smart people are convinced that broad-based improvements in the standard of living are largely a thing of the past.Before you embrace the idea that today is worse than yesterday and tomorrow won’t be much better, however, consider a common experience: