American Exceptionalism Is Fading Yet Formidable
Bloomberg View, April 20, 2018The backlash against Facebook threatens a major market advantage over China: freedom to grow out of control.
The Future of Clothing Isn't in Tatters
A Conversation with My Colleague Adam Minter
Bloomberg View, March 31, 2018The global trade of new and used garments is sorting itself in surprising ways.
The Politics of 'Roseanne' Are Recognition and Empathy
Its radical premise: Recognizing diverse viewpoints can in fact showcase the things we share.
Bloomberg View, March 29, 2018I’d never seen a single episode of “Roseanne.” But in the interest of cultural commentary, I cranked up my ABC.com app to see what all the fuss -- and the extraordinarily high ratings -- was about. Here’s what I learned.
Why Toys 'R' Us Is More Than a Business Story
Bloomberg View, March 15, 2018Its vast inventory prepared us for an age of infinite choice.
How Ponchos Got More Authentic After Commerce Came to Chiapas
Reason, April 2018Instead of erasing Zinacantec distinctiveness or replacing artisanship with standardized products, commerce and industry led to an efflorescence of textile decoration. Women and girls continued to weave garments on backstrap looms, but instead of following the same stock designs, they invented new ones. Far from representing cultural loss, the evolution of Zinacantec weaving demonstrates how commerce can unleash creativity while affirming identity.
California's Love of Cars Is Fueling Its Housing Crisis
Bloomberg View, March 06, 2018Reforming one-size-fits-all parking requirements is one of the simplest ways to ease California's housing crisis.
Laser-Worn Levi's Are the Start of Something Big
Blomberg View, March 02, 2018Another step in the computer-driven transformation of apparel manufacturing.
Must Love Dogs? If You Want the Job
Bloomberg View, February 13, 2018Until recently, the norm was for people who disliked, feared or were allergic to animals to tolerate brief interactions on the street or in a pet owner’s home. They understood that theirs was a minority view that marked them as weird, and they’d pretend not to mind your dog the same way people used to pretend that cigarette smoke didn’t bother them. But they could also count on spending most of their day without animal encounters. Offices, hotels and restaurants -- not to mention airplanes -- were pet-free zones.
Lessons From a Slow-Motion Robot Takeover
Bloomberg View, February 09, 2018Cotton harvesting is now dominated by machines. But it took decades to happen.
Youth! Street Life! The Case for Crowded Neighborhoods
Bloomberg View, January 26, 2018This Angeleno is thrilled with a plan to ease California’s urban housing crisis.