This week, the internet worked itself into a frenzy over leaked naked celebrity pictures. I haven’t looked at these pictures, and you shouldn’t either. Being hot doesn’t negate your right to privacy. Earlier this year, a political activist was arrested for breaking into a nursing home and photographing Rose Cochran, the wife of Mississippi Senator … Continue reading Being Hot Doesn’t Negate Your Right To Privacy
I’m on vacation this week, and getting a chance to experience life outside the Silicon Valley bubble. I use the term “heartland” with a certain irony, since for our vacation, life outside the Silicon Valley bubble consists of visiting Los Angeles (my ancestral home) and the suburbs of Orlando (where Alisha’s family now lives)–both of … Continue reading Travels in the “Heartland” Part 1
A couple of days ago, I ran across a blog post asking how unknowns could compete with celebrity entrepreneurs. It’s a common question, and becoming more relevant as the expansion of the startup ecosystem (including trade press like TechCrunch and Mashable, who act as our version of paparazzi) and the relative paucity of IPOs in … Continue reading The Myth of the Celebrity Entrepreneur
One of the unexpected effects of the rise of social media may be its impact on the perception of inequality. We know that the perception of inequality can have a negative effect on happiness. Comparing oneself to others is a potent and dangerous temptation. Indeed, studies show that most people would prefer a situation in … Continue reading Does Social Media make people miserable?
Every once in a while, I come across a blog post that suddenly crystallizes something I’ve always known but never consciously realized. This week, it was this post by Sasha Pasulka, drawing the analogy between the issues some women have with body image with the issues men have with wallet image: “I know how it … Continue reading The Dangers of Unrealistic Wallet Image
“Media experts have been warning for months that American consumers will face starvation if Hollywood does not provide someone for them to put on a pedestal, worship, envy, download sex tapes of, and then topple and completely destroy.” Never has the tabloid-celebrity complex been better described in a more concise and biting way.