I suspect you’re not reading this on your Zune. Why not? Because the Zune failed. That the Zune failed in spite of backing by one of the world’s most powerful companies should give us pause when we think about “corporate power.” Products succeed and fail, ultimately, because consumers vote for them or against them with […]
So what is Uber a Substitute *For*?
There was a lot of hubbub about Uber’s entry into Birmingham, and a lot of people in a lot of places worry about what Uber means for “safety” and “good jobs.” There’s a lot of substitution from taxi cabs to Uber—I don’t plan to take a cab ever again, especially after Uber cut prices in […]
Inequality of Serenity
“God, grant me the courage to change what I can, the serenity to accept the things I can’t, and the wisdom to know the difference.” The serenity prayer. It’s a useful mantra of sorts because there really is no point to lamenting that which we can’t change. And yet serenity is distributed unequally, perhaps as […]
Summer Reading (or Listening!) for Educators
As I teach my summer class and prepare for Fall semester, I’ll be incorporating lessons from these books: A Mind for Numbers, by Barbara Oakley How We Learn, by Benedict Carey Make it Stick, by Peter C. Brown and Henry L. Roediger III How to Read a Book, by Charles van Doren and Mortimer J. […]
Why Not Capitalism?
“Capitalism lacks romantic appeal. It does not set the pulse racing in the way that opposing ideologies like socialism, fascism, or environmentalism can. It does not stir the blood, for it identifies no dragons to slay. It offers no grand vision for the future, for in an open market system, the future is shaped not […]