Part 1 of the “New Metrics for Modern Living”

So for some time now there’s been a movement to quantify many parts of our lives, on the premise that you might learn something from how many steps you walked, hours slept and so on.

Yet of course such metrics often fail to capture what it really means to live…

Hilarious condemnation is much better than a takedown

Late last week, Joseph Epstein wrote a ridiculous and insulting opinion column for the Wall St. Journal. It suggested that Jill Biden, holder of an educational doctorate, not a medical doctorate, should not call herself “Doctor.”

It was a weak, insulting column that relied on a dated snobbery and evident…

This stuff is complicated which is why it is important to get it right.


Law is complex and antitrust law is even more so. Nonetheless, the business and the tech press keeps making the following repeated errors in their coverage of the Facebook antitrust case:

1. Reporting that the Instagram and WhatsApp mergers were approved in 2012/2014 and discussing such “approvals” as if they are legally binding precedent

In 2012 and 2014, the FTC declined to take action against the acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp. As a…

At least we’re united in being crazy

As everyone knows, the United States is divided, yielding completely different interpretations of the same news items. The usual presumption is that the divide is between red minds and blue, conservatives and liberals.

I beg to disagree. As a strangely obsessed reader of wacky newspaper comments, online forums and insane…

Repealing “Section 230” won’t do what anyone wants

I like to think of myself as someone who’s been decently critical of excessively concentrated power in the tech platforms. …

How Trump’s lawyers lost their minds

It is a well-established fact that many of Donald Trump’s associates are lowlives and crooks. …

We seem to forget how many are actually Asian-American

A consensus verdict on the 2020 election has been that suburban voters did Trump in. …

In which the Kool-Aid gets stirred

I was impressed by, and enjoyed, the first two-thirds of Ben Thompson’s response to my critique of his work related to tech platforms and the Google antitrust case. (The last third is more regrettable, but I’ll address that, too.) I’ve enjoyed most of the exchange, and it has helped me…

Biden leads in polls; Trump leads the lawns — does it mean anything?

Back in the Fall of 2016, when I was working in the White House, it was safe to say that (as the proverb goes) the curtains were being prematurely measured. Everyone had long and foolishly assumed that Clinton was going to win; the question was how to manage the handoff.

Smart, but a little too much Kool-Aid

Ben Thompson is the author of Stratechery, a popular newsletter that “provides analysis of the strategy and business side of technology and media.” Thompson, who has an MBA, is a former tech industry worker who has spent time at various tech firms, including Apple and Microsoft. He is a smart…

Tim Wu

Professor at Columbia University; author of “The Curse of Bigness,” “The Attention Merchants,” and “The Master Switch;” veteran of Silicon Valley & Obama Admin.

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