Eugene Wei

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Everything mattered: lessons from 2016's bizarre presidential election

It’s been almost three weeks now. The news cycle has moved on.But I, for one, have not fully processed the news that Donald J. Trump is going to be president.<p>Those words still sound like nonsense to me. I can’t shake the sense of surreality. And I know I’m not alone.<p>Before we’re entirely swept up …

Politics

The Shame of Work

<i>By</i> JOHN DANAHER<p><i>Review of</i> <b>The Refusal of Work: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Work</b>, <i>by</i> David Frayne<p>London: Zed Books, 2015<p>David Gelb’s 2013 …

Books

2007, not 2016, is the year the world turned upside down

While we’re undoubtedly living through dark times, the storm we’re in now started with a rush of rapid technological change<p>It’s interesting how particular years acquire historical significance: 1789 (the French Revolution); 1914 (outbreak of the first world war); 1917 (the Russian revolution); 1929 …

Steve Jobs

Five things elevators teach us about design, psychology and hats

Since the 1860s, when they first appeared in the lobbies of plush hotels, lifts have changed the world.<p>Before the lift, buildings were generally no …

Psychology

How (Almost) Everyone Failed to Prepare for Pearl Harbor

The high-stakes gamble and false assumptions that detonated Pearl Harbor 75 years ago

War

Cheating at the Olympics is at epic levels

Holy crap. Drug testers have been hauling out old urine samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, and the results are devastating:<p><b>More than 75</b> …

Olympics

Why social media is terrible for multiethnic democracies

Polarization has defined American politics for several years now. More and more, it seems, Americans are divided over nearly every issue of import — race, immigration, terrorism, trade, social policy. The divisions run deep and cut across a number of cultural fault lines.<p>After this election, things …

Politics

The End of Identity Liberalism

It is a truism that America has become a more diverse country. It is also a beautiful thing to watch. Visitors from other countries, particularly those having trouble incorporating different ethnic groups and faiths, are amazed that we manage to pull it off. Not perfectly, of course, but certainly …

Politics

The Simple Economics of Machine Intelligence

[This post was co-written with Ajay Agrawal and Avi Goldfarb and appeared in HBR Blogs on 17 November 2016]<p>The year 1995 was heralded as the …

Economics

What Obama Got Right

The outgoing president has resolved old problems and avoided new ones.<p>In one respect, presidents are like kindergartners. Well, sometimes in more than one respect, depending on the president. That aside, presidents and kindergartners have in common that one of the simplest ways to evaluate them is …

Politics

The Heart of the U.S. Economy Is Weaker Than It Looks

A few years ago, I was among the many people arguing that the fundamentals of the U.S. economy were strong. I believed that the slow recovery from the Great Recession wasn't a new normal, and that the U.S. would return to something close to the steady levels of growth it enjoyed during the 20th …

U.S. Economy

What the Movies Miss About Trump’s America

In December, 1972, soon after another American Presidential debacle—the reëlection of Richard Nixon, in a landslide—Pauline Kael, then one of the two film critics at <i>The New Yorker</i>, made one of the most famous, and famously misunderstood, remarks in modern political culture. While taking part in a …

Entertainment

After the elections: The great unraveling

<b>As their opponents see them…</b><p><b>Candidates From the Lab</b><p>We already know the most significant truth about the 2016 presidential elections: that it is yet …

The Biggest Voter Suppression Campaign of All

<i>By James Kwak</i><p>This election day, spare a thought for the largest group of citizens who aren’t eligible to vote: children.<p>My four-year old just learned …

Elections

Narratives

<i>By James Kwak</i><p>Two days later, some of the world’s leading newspapers—or their headline-writers, at least—are saying it was all or largely about …

Polling

Bruce Sterling: Notes on the 2016 US Election

<b>It’s hard to write of momentous events</b> in the hot, crispy, pan-fried moment in which events are momentous. But I know that the events of this week …

Authors

Economic Anxiety and the Limits of Data Journalism

<i>By James Kwak</i>[Updated: see bottom of post.]There is an ongoing battle among the liberal intelligentsia over “economic anxiety.” The basic question is …

Economics

The coalition for diversity whose diversity did diversity just win?

There are many types of diversity. Diversity of occupation, diversity of musical taste, diversity of outlook, diversity of residence, and of course …

Diversity

Return of the curve could give rise to these hurlers

Hitters saw more than 7,000 additional curveballs in 2016<p>"The curveball is coming back," declared outfielder Chris Coghlan, then with the A's, in a …

Baseball

Election Lesson: Humanity Needs to Catch Up to Technology

Each campaign season I ask myself what I have learned, and this cycle has brought more surprises than usual. Still, one theme encompasses many individual lessons, namely that the internet as a technology has outraced our norms for using it, understanding it and controlling it, most of all in …

Politics

How Donald Trump Became President-Elect

Historians will be debating what happened on Tuesday for decades—centuries, perhaps. But there are some assertions that we can already make. The polls were wrong, for one thing: on average, going into Election Day, they had predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the popular vote by about four per …

Republican Party

Hillary Clinton’s likability problem, as explained by Gilmore Girls and Dawson’s Creek

There’s a scene in the second season of <i>Gilmore Girls</i>that so perfectly encapsulates Hillary Clinton’s predicament in this election that it’s stunning.<p>Paris Geller, the driven class genius with dishwater blonde hair and a maniacal glint in her eye, is running for student body president. She meets …

Hillary Clinton

TrueHoop Presents: Erik Spoelstra: No one like Ray Allen NBA

<i>Hours after 18-year NBA professional Ray Allen announced his retirement, his former coach, Erik Spoelstra, was already nostalgic for a player he</i> …

NBA

Planet Earth II Puts Stunning Images Above All Else

The gorgeous sequel to the BBC’s groundbreaking wildlife series reveals how far nature documentaries have come—and what they lost in the process.<p>Reader, some life advice: Find someone who cares about your happiness as much as I cared about the baby iguanas in first episode of <i>Planet Earth …

Nature

Leading By Editing, Isn’t (and Why)

Frequently, we find the role of managing described as “editing” or leading as “editor in chief”. This can seem like a good idea until you dive into …

The Pyramid And The Garden

<b>I.</b><p>A recent breakthrough in pseudoscience: the location of the Great Pyramid of Giza encodes the speed of light to seven decimal places.<p>This is …

Maps

Baseball's little miracles led Carl Edwards, Ben Zobrist, Rajai Davis to World Series

"The story of [Carl] Edwards' signing will sound like an apocryphal tale if he one day makes the big leagues," Baseball America once wrote, three …

Baseball

As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential

Imagine receiving a phone call from your aging mother seeking your help because she has forgotten her banking password.<p>Except it’s not your mother. The voice on the other end of the phone call just sounds deceptively like her.<p>It is actually a computer-synthesized voice, a tour-de-force of …

Michael Tsai - Blog - New MacBook Pros and the State of the Mac

I was really disappointed with today’s Apple event. It seems like Apple has either lost its way, that it has lost touch with what (some) of its …

Apple News

In Praise of Reader Reviews

It’s been a while since a reporter has called to ask if I’m worried that Amazon reader reviews spell the death of my own livelihood as a critic. That …

Books