Category - Soapbox

What America Says vs. What America Does

We’ll never get rid of nukes — though we talk about it a lot, especially in election years. Human rights don’t really matter — except as talking points. Harvard’s Stephen M. Walt explores the difference in what...

Sharing Something Shouldn’t Mean Giving It Away

  After years of participating on both services, today I deleted my Facebook and Instagram accounts this week. I’m not being reactionary. This isn’t a campaign. I didn’t delete those accounts out of spite or anger. Ultimately...

How Facebook, Instagram, and Others Should Monetize

1) Offer a free service. Show ads. Snap up ownership of content. Sell that content. Use it in ads. Roll around in the piles of free user-submitted content you glean. Chortle with glee.  AND 2) Offer paid memberships at reasonable prices. Allow those...

Google Voice Search is a Siri-ous Competitor

Yesterday, I asked my iPhone: “Where is the closest pizza restaurant?” (It’s a conversation we have often.) As I spoke my question aloud, my words appeared on-screen in near real-time. By the time I got out “Where is the...

Beneath the (Microsoft) Surface

Because they know I love my iPad, people keep asking me what I think about Microsoft’s new Surface tablet. Yesterday, one beaming Microsoft fan actually said to me: “I guess that’s it for the iPad, isn’t it?” I...

Science: Homophobia Linked to Secret Homosexuality

Experiments in the U.S. and Germany suggest people raised in “conservative authoritarian households” where they feel compelled to hide their attraction toward partners of the same sex are more likely to express hostility toward gays...