Toasters don’t jump off our counters to follow it. But the fears of one generation have been visited on the next. We have designed a machine that we cannot stop.
Knowledge and passion can be blissfully bifurcated. That’s good for adult sports fans, but lousy for high school athletes.
For four hours, a downtown street will be open to traffic but closed to cars. The commons will be taken back from automobiles and reclaimed by the people who drive them.
Within a decade, let’s reduce the American work week to 32 hours, and bring millions back into the work force. The president’s political opponents want smaller government. Can they campaign against three-day weekends?
I learned then and there the importance of enterprise reporting — not simply answering questions people have, but telling them about things they never thought to question in the first place.
• I can’t shake my belief that time cannot penetrate certain objects. Anything in a can, in a freezer, or especially in a can in a freezer, must last forever.
So what are media companies selling? They’re selling an audience. They’re selling you, your attention, your trust.
Presidential candidates focus now on “swing states.” That term barely existed 25 years ago. Campaigns have consequences. The president has fewer friends and favors he can call on in those uncontested red states.
It must be great to be an auspice. You’re never alone and everything is always under you.