A Conservative Media Reckoning

When allegations arose from a New York Times investigation that Bill O’Reilly had sexually harassed women for years while working for Fox News, the reaction was swift and decisive. In a matter of days, more than twenty national advertisers had pulled their programming from The O’Reilly Factor, throwing O’Reilly’s future at the network into doubt and sending shockwaves through a company that, only months before, had ousted its former chief executive on similar charges. Since then, O’Reilly’s been fired. The firing comes as the capstone to a tumultuous period at…

Trump’s War on Expression

A few weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In the same breath, he indicated he wanted to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides essential revenues to PBS and NPR (National Public Radio). Then, only a week ago, his administration announced that they planned to repeal net neutrality provisions that had been signed into law a few years ago, which would greatly restrict people’s ability to use vast parts of the Internet unless they…

Playstation VR Review

A few days ago, I finally convinced myself that the hefty $600 price tag for Playstation VR (and its related accessories like the motion sensors and camera) was worth it. I’ve written plenty in the past about disruptive technology in general (including VR), but trying it hands-on was something entirely different. Unboxing the system was simple enough. The set-up is straightforward – mostly rewiring connections with HDMI cables through a virtual reality processor given to you by Sony that powers the new technology. I have to confess that, throughout the…

Management Failures & Dysfunction: The New Trump Administration

While he was still running for office, President Trump repeatedly made it clear that he’d be hiring the best talent possible to fill his administration’s positions and that he wasn’t limited, as he claimed other Republicans were, because of the nature of his self-funded campaign. His self-proclaimed management skills were a key theme among the voters that propelled him into the presidency, and the expectation was that Trump, when in office, would surround himself with a top-tier administration of the best and brightest. What’s materialized instead is perhaps the most…

What Trump Means for Tech

On the eve of Trump’s election, the markets leapt into disarray. First they were falling — then they were rising, accelerating onwards for months and even recently closing out the Dow Jones at 20,000 for the first time in history. The stock markets were revving forward, but one industry seemed to be missing out: technology. In the wake of Trump’s newborn presidency, tech stocks slumped across the board. Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Alphabet all fell at least 1.9% each within 48 hours of Trump’s election, and questions about how Trump’s…

How Video Games are Still Pushing the Envelope

Earlier this year, Activision and Electronic Arts released opposing trailers for the upcoming year’s first-person shooters, building off opposing billion-dollar legacies that had catapulted the two corporations to the top of the market over the last decade. For the two gaming giants, it was the big reveal, stemming from months of development, millions of dollars in marketing and production costs, and countless hours of tweaking and refining game mechanics. The situation felt tense; both companies knew that they were unleashing competing behemoths that, if executed correctly, could devour the other’s…

The Post-Trump Market Rally

Florida was falling. So were all of the battleground states. The so-called firewalls in Wisconsin and Virginia, too, were up in flames. It was a catastrophic failure of the Democratic machine – a blistering surprise delivered by a surge of Trump voters that lifted him from the depths of what had been believed to be almost certain defeat into a resurgent, euphoric victory. Few had expected it (disclaimer: including me) – and certainly not the financial markets. According to analysts, they’d priced in a Clinton win long ago. But when…

The Polls Aren’t Working Against Donald Trump

As this election cycle enters its waning moments, there’s been a lot of talk from Donald Trump about a “silent majority” of voters who secretly support him but are too afraid to say it in public or over the phone to pollsters. The term comes from one of Nixon’s 1969 speeches, and it’s been used unsparingly ever since by candidates seeking to shed light on a section of the electorate that they feel isn’t being fully illustrated by polling data. Recently, Trump has latched onto the idea, arguing that many…