Many writers have weighed in on the ways attention shapes our world. Some are better than others—here’s an overview.
Even David Beckham will struggle to get Americans interested in soccer.
Fuel-efficient technologies could save lives by lightening the loads military supply lines have to carry.
According to the conventional wisdom, the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray formats are like VHS and Betamax—two competing standards squaring off in a winner-take-all market. But in today’s marketplace, other options might moot the format war.
Mass conformity is dead. Long live mass customization! NICK SCHULZ on the explosion of variety and personalization.
Michael Gerson helped create “compassionate” conservatism. Now he’s attacking the small-government ideal—and inadvertently highlighting America’s need to learn from Europe.
Major League Baseball and the National Football League are suffocating the cultures of their sports. Short-term revenue maximization could drive large parts of their audiences away.
We are entering a second revolution in information technology, one that may well usher in a new technological age that dwarfs, in sheer transformational scope and power, anything we have yet experienced.
Believe it or not, the land of Ho Chi Minh and the Hanoi Hilton has become one of the most pro-American countries in Southeast Asia, if not the world. Today, it is the newest member of the World Trade Organization. How did that happen?
Finding it hard to believe that a man in a cave has been able to out-communicate the country that invented Hollywood and Madison Avenue, many think tanks have recommended that the government tap the expertise of U.S. businesses to explain itself abroad. This week they’ll get their wish when the State Department co-sponsors a “Private Sector Summit” with representatives of corporate America and their communications consultants. With luck, the focus will not be on marketing, sales, or publicity.
Hugo Chavez's decision to nationalize the telecommunications and electrical industries points Venezuela down a backward path.
In low-income areas, the popularity of Botox helps fund cancer treatment.
Moscow’s attachment to statist economic policy is undermining its bid for global energy dominance, writes LEON ARON. By re-nationalizing its energy sector, Putin’s regime is slaying its largest golden goose.
New research finds that one of the best ways to encourage people to start businesses is to have lenient bankruptcy laws, writes APARNA MATHUR. We need to send the message that it’s O.K. to fail.
With little fanfare, businesses are trying to fight disease in Africa. ROGER BATE tells who does it right and who does it wrong. The best spur to benevolence: the profit motive.
Increasing the minimum wage would be bad policy and bad politics. Why is the White House ready to acquiesce?
By imposing net neutrality conditions on a new merger, the FCC circumvented the policy process.
India and China are fighting each other for a bigger slice of the $300 billion software market.
The central Asian oil state is using its cascade of wealth to build a seaside resort—in the middle of its sprawling grassland.
Europe’s pharmaceutical research and development is vanishing. The United States, which takes its “healthy” pharmaceutical R&D for granted, should take note.