L.A. writer, @BV columnist. Commerce & culture. THE POWER OF GLAMOUR, THE SUBSTANCE OF STYLE, THE FUTURE & ITS ENEMIES. Current obsession: textiles &/as tech

Pictures That Are Worth a Thousand Data Points

bloombergview.com — From recording police shootings and political protests to capturing street style and celebrity selfies, ubiquitous smart-phone cameras have become a new type of media, changing how the public sees the world. The same tools are now systematically collecting new kinds of economically valuable data -- peering into hard-to-reach places, identifying emerging trends and providing a check on official numbers.
Jan 28, 2016

Developing countries need better economic information. Smartphones provide it. bv.ms/1nACytD My latest @BV, on @premisedata

Jan 28, 2016

Cell phones let developing countries leapfrog 20th-cen telecom. Will they do the same for econ data? bv.ms/1nACytD My latest @BV

Joy: Movie That Let's Entrepreneurship Smile

In 'Joy,' Hollywood Lets Entrepreneurship Smile

bloombergview.com — In the movies, an entrepreneur is more likely to be a super-villain, or at the very least a mobster, than someone who builds a significant enterprise without getting anyone killed. Even the non-murderers are miserable jerks. Take Aaron Sorkin's angry, status-obsessed Mark Zuckerberg in " The Social Network" or his Steve Jobs in the abysmal recent movie by that name.
Jan 08, 2016

In the movies, entrepreneurs are mobsters, assholes, or supervillains. Not in @joythemovie. buff.ly/1ZaXItL My latest @BV

Jan 08, 2016

In 'Joy,' Hollywood finally lets entrepreneurship smile bv.ms/1mIq178 via @BV

Jan 09, 2016

Don't let the trailers fool you. @JoyTheMovie isn't a chick flick. It's a story of entrepreneurship, for guys too. buff.ly/1JBTo4O

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Postrel: TMI is the destabilizer of world's democracy

denverpost.com — Posted: 01/02/2016 05:00:00 PM MST For most of Martin Gurri's 29 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency's open-media group (now the Open Source Center), the world was very different from the one we now inhabit.

Too much information a threat to the stability of democracies

vindy.com — By Virginia Postrel Bloomberg View For most of Martin Gurri's 29 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency's open-media group (now the Open Source Center), the world was very different from the one we now inhabit.

Column: Information Overload Rattles Democracy

vnews.com — For most of Martin Gurri's 29 years working for the CIA's open-media group (now the Open Source Center), the world was very different from the one we now inhabit. "When I started out in government," Gurri recalls in an interview, "it was a perfectly reasonable expectation that an analyst could absorb all the meaningful political information coming out in a day from even a very developed country like Britain or France.

How textiles repeatedly revolutionised human technol...

aeon.co — In February 1939, Vogue ran a major feature on the fashions of the future. Inspired by the soon-to-open New York World's Fair, the magazine asked nine industrial designers to imagine what the people of 'a far Tomorrow' might wear and why. (The editors deemed fashion designers too of-the-moment for such speculations.)
Dec 28, 2015

RT @tharple: Interesting historical perspective on textiles and technology from @vpostrel bit.ly/1MDEINc #iQ

Feb 03, 2016

RT @MeenaMariam: .@vpostrel weaves this beautiful, forgotten story of technology as "in fact the story of textiles" aeon.co/essays/how-tex… h/t @SusannahFox

Feb 04, 2016

RT @joepine: "to reverse Arthur C Clarke’s adage any sufficiently familiar technology is indistinguishable from nature" @vpostrel bit.ly/1PB6lMZ

Feb 04, 2016

RT @joepine: "If goal is to shrink distance between nature & artifice, us & it, no technology is as powerful as fabric" @vpostrel https://t…

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Democracy's Destabilizer: TMI

bloombergview.com — For most of Martin Gurri's 29 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency's open-media group (now the Open Source Center), the world was very different from the one we now inhabit.
Dec 28, 2015

Democracy's Destabilizer: TMI buff.ly/1mLp2me My latest @BV looks @mgurri's analysis of how abundant information rocks legitimacy.

Dec 28, 2015

RT @vpostrel: Democracy's Destabilizer: TMI buff.ly/1mLp2me My latest @BV looks @mgurri's analysis of how abundant information rocks legitimacy.

Dec 30, 2015

RT @BV: Information democracy undermines political democracy: An ex-CIA man's theory bv.ms/1JIVo5S pic.twitter.com/NGYQCZOU5p

Dec 30, 2015

RT @BV: Information democracy undermines political democracy: An ex-CIA man's theory bv.ms/1JIVo5S pic.twitter.com/NGYQCZOU5p

Column: ‘Scientific’ Racism Was Widespread Among Wilson-Era Progressives

vnews.com — President Woodrow Wilson in a 1919 photograph. (Library of Congress photograph) Until recently, Princeton University's devotion to Woodrow Wilson was so pervasive and worshipful that visitors to campus might easily have mistaken the modernist parthenon housing the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs for a literal temple.

Harvard Pledge Values ‘Kindness’ Over Learning: Virginia Postrel

bloombergview.com — Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) -- When the members of the class of 2015 arrived at Harvard College this fall, they encountered a novel bit of moral education. Their dorm proctors -- the grad students who live with freshmen to provide guidance and enforce discipline -- invited each student to sign a pledge developed by the Freshman Dean's Office.
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Feb 04, 2016

Seems like the definition of a public good: Quake early warning system could save lives. But it's stalled over money buff.ly/1PULNuL

Feb 04, 2016

RT @joepine: "If goal is to shrink distance between nature & artifice, us & it, no technology is as powerful as fabric" @vpostrel https://t…

Feb 04, 2016

RT @joepine: "to reverse Arthur C Clarke’s adage any sufficiently familiar technology is indistinguishable from nature" @vpostrel bit.ly/1PB6lMZ

Feb 03, 2016

The Field Guide to Ted Cruz: Very interesting piece by Texas Monthly's Erica Grieder buff.ly/1o7lVFV

Feb 03, 2016

Scary: 2 Santa Clara University students test positive for meningococcal infections buff.ly/1o7f4fz

Feb 03, 2016

How a Lincoln High teacher gets all his students to pass the AP Calculus exam buff.ly/1o7eP4i

Feb 03, 2016

RT @MeenaMariam: .@vpostrel weaves this beautiful, forgotten story of technology as "in fact the story of textiles" aeon.co/essays/how-tex… h/t @SusannahFox


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