Saturday, May 19, 2018

Perspective

Perspective: The real scandal isnít Cambridge Analytica. Itís Facebookís whole business model.

The plot was made for front-page headlines and cable-news chyrons: A scientist-turned-political-operative reportedly hoodwinked Facebook users into giving up personal data on both themselves and all their friends for research purposes, then used it t...
Updated: 2 months ago

Perspective: Be a skeptic, not a cynic

Editorís note: This is adapted from a speech to 600 middle and high school students and teachers participating in a Model U.N. program at St. Petersburg College, Clearwater campus, this month.Itís time to be more than a spectator. Your involvement ca...
Updated: 2 months ago

Just 17%of the subjects of biographies on Wikipedia are women.39is the median age at first marriage for men in Norway (itís 38 for women), according to a recent estimate cited in the Atlantic. Thatís six to eight years higher than the median age at f...
Updated: 2 months ago
Perspective: 50 years later, it feels familiar: how America fractured in 1968

Perspective: 50 years later, it feels familiar: how America fractured in 1968

Even from the distance of a half century, 1968 feels familiar. From January to December, people demonstrated against racial injustice and economic inequality. Abroad, the United States military slogged through a seemingly interminable war. And after ...
Updated: 2 months ago

A Little Perspective: The woman in the photo ... and kidsí drawings of scientists

She was the only woman in a photo of 38 scientists from a 1971 conference. She was also the only one not named, but Twitter sleuths banded together this month to identify her.It began with an illustratorís investigation into the archives of marine le...
Updated: 2 months ago

Perspective: For black men, growing up rich may not help

Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new study that traced the lives of m...
Updated: 2 months ago
Perspective: A case for a carbon tax on beef

Perspective: A case for a carbon tax on beef

Let me admit up front that I would rather be eating a cheeseburger right now. Or maybe trying out a promising new recipe for Korean braised short ribs. But our collective love affair with beef, dating back more than 10,000 years, has gone wrong, in s...
Updated one month ago

Perspective: For two months, I got my news from print newspapers. Hereís what I learned.

I first got news of the school shooting in Parkland via an alert on my watch. Even though I had turned off news notifications months ago, the biggest news still somehow finds a way to slip through.But for much of the next 24 hours after that alert, I...
Updated: 2 months ago
Perspective: The struggle to conceive with frozen eggs

Perspective: The struggle to conceive with frozen eggs

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.Brigitte Adams caused a sensation four years ago when she appeared on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek under the headline, "Freeze your eggs, Free your career." She was single and blond, a Vassar graduate who spoke fluent It...
Updated: 2 months ago
Seven years after the Fukushima  nuclear disaster, Japanese town rebounds from zero

Seven years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese town rebounds from zero

NARAHA, Japan ó One hour from the evacuation zone, at a rest stop in the mountains, it hits you. A blue sign on the wall, with birds that look like flying oranges and a message for travelers."Cheer up, Fukushima."Back on the Joban Expressway, rolling...
Updated: 2 months ago