Category Policy & Government

Ambition & Drive: The Confessions of Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great is widely considered to be the most influential secular figure of all time. Nearly twenty years ago, I set out to explore why. In my writings here, I cite back to my books; instead of linking to… Continue Reading →

America Doesn’t Care About Black People

I’m clearly riffing on that infamous Kanye line, but convince me I’m wrong. The original title of this article was Why People & Organizations Reject D&I, in which I was going to feature my recent Q&A with Kurt Merriweather, who… Continue Reading →

Mercenary vs Missionary: The Only Real Difference Between Facebook & Google

Facebook and Google are very similar and different, depending on the perspective and context. But the only real difference that matters today boils down to leadership. In reading that Facebook changed its mind in Australia, I will let others discuss… Continue Reading →

Perspective

Perspective takes effort and an open mind and heart, but having it means a better quality of life. Recently, I was in a hit & run. Thankfully, we weren’t harmed. But the exercise proved another lesson in perspective – which… Continue Reading →

Insecurities: The Muslim & the Jews

In this latest piece in the Insecurities series, I open up about how many of us sub-consciously try to endear others in our journey to appease ourselves. The Dersh and I? Alan Dershowitz and I probably disagree on more than… Continue Reading →

Sports League Rights: Optimizing vs Maximizing Value

The combination of technology, disintermediation, loosened regulation, changing consumer behavior and views on betting are dramatically changing the landscape and power dynamics in sports A few weeks ago, I looked at the new dynamics in the business of sports media,… Continue Reading →

You can thank me later, Hollywood

From Fairness Doctrine to Fair Use, never lose sight of the forest through the trees when fighting for your principles I’ve covered fair use on these pages before. At a high level, the manifestation of my frustrations and drive in… Continue Reading →

Born on Third Base

James Murdoch’s comments capture the paradox of life and echoes what a true hero said this week: “Thank you, but f&ck you.” Is James Murdoch, the son of Rupert Murdoch, lacking awareness or displaying courage when he says that “media… Continue Reading →

Insecurities: The Real 20th Hijacker

The comparisons with Adolf Hitler were indeed unfair. The image may be a fake, but Donald Trump was America’s Osama bin Laden Part 3 of my series on Insecurities. In March 2003, the USA had just invaded Iraq. As an… Continue Reading →

Success is 80% What You Don’t Say or Do

Donald Trump never showed any discipline, but his actions on Wednesday may have ruined his future more than the sum of all of his previous words and actions Twitter finally banned Donald Trump. As a publicly-traded company, Twitter can do… Continue Reading →

CorpoNations: Facebook is Russia

Are the real powers of the 21st century nations, or corporations? In “the case against Content ID,” I alluded to the rise of CorpoNations – boundaryless entities that span nations, hire global armies with next generation weapons of mass destruction… Continue Reading →

The Case Against ContentID

Having spent 10 years navigating the DMCA and how YouTube’s ContentID tool manages claims, I’m not surprised to see the copyright tool used as a weapon to censor. I’ve chronicled my adventures with copyright law and fair use quite a… Continue Reading →

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