Art and Culture, Technology

What Brilliant TikTok Reveals about Human Creativity

– February 17, 2020

I used to make it a habit to try out all the latest social technology, if only to observe its function, rules, and contribution to the culture. That habit stopped last year during the “techlash:” I too found myself convinced that we’ve probably overind …

READ MORE


Art and Culture

How Negativity Wrecks Relationships and Businesses

– February 13, 2020

In relationships, all the good things are drowned by hostile tones, eye rolls, denials of responsibility, along with insults. The same holds true in business.

READ MORE


Art and Culture

“Parasite” Is a Preposterous Film Rooted in Class-Struggle Nonsense

– February 6, 2020

To be fair, movies are supposed to be escapist to some degree. And the stories, to be good, must be a little bit implausible. Fine, except that with Parasite Bong Joon-ho is thoroughly insulting the intelligence of his viewers.

READ MORE


Art and Culture

The Super Bowl Proves that America Is Not Broken

– February 3, 2020

The whole effect of the awesome sights and sounds of this year’s Super Bowl – which, let us not forget, is an achievement of private enterprise – was to underscore what most of us know in our hearts. Our civilization is not falling apart.

READ MORE


Art and Culture

An Economic Answer to the Question: Why Did Thor Get Fat?

– January 31, 2020

Explaining Thor’s slovenly despair as the product of pizza, TV, and alcohol per se ignores root causes that might be a lot harder to change or dislodge.

READ MORE


Art and Culture

Eulogy for Neil Peart, Champion of Freedom

– January 12, 2020

Having only retired about four years ago, so many fans of Rush (myself included) had convinced ourselves that this was a temporary hiatus, and that in a year or two – eventually, at any rate – there would be an announcement of a new album, a short tour, or some other project.

READ MORE


Art and Culture, Monetary Policy

The Hobbit Teaches that We Can’t Eat Money

– January 4, 2020

There are a lot of good economic lessons to be learned from popular culture. Perhaps that’s not surprising, as the subject matter of economics is ingrained in our very humanity and movies and the arts reflect aspects of human life. By chance alone, som …

READ MORE


Art and Culture

Don’t Drag Little Women Into the Gender Wars

– December 28, 2019

Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen and Florence Pugh in Columbia Pictures’ LITTLE WOMEN. Like you and everyone, I’ve been annoyed and tricked by movies that seemed from trailers to be about cool things only to have them turn out to be artistic v …

READ MORE


Art and Culture

Wandering Oaken Should Be Your Favorite Frozen Character

– December 25, 2019

The recent release of Disney’s Frozen II brings up a lot of very good memories from the last several years. My daughter is nine, which means I know pretty much every line to every song in Disney’s runaway mega-hit Frozen. A few years ago, she was in he …

READ MORE


Art and Culture

If There Was a War on Christmas, It Flopped

– December 24, 2019

You worry about the commercialization of Christmas? Christmas began in commerce – a mysterious and transcendent exchange in which eternity gave to time the greatest gift.

READ MORE