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Internet activist and New York Times bestselling author of The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You, Eli Pariser is concerned that information gatekeepers of the past (i.e. editors/reporters) have been replaced by algorithms that individually tailor information based upon a host of variables that are being collected from you with or without your…
Can Ethical Companies Do Business With Unethical Leaders?
Coca-cola has been accused of “propping up a notorious Swaziland dictator” whose human rights abuses and bilking of the national wealth has long been criticized by human rights activists. According to Guardian UK reporter David Smith**, Swaziland’s King Mswati III is Africa’s last absolute monarch whose personal wealth is gleaned in part from taxes paid…
New Years Resolutions: Are We Lying to Ourselves?
I know it’s become popular, but I’ve become suspect of using traditional goal-setting strategies and business process techniques to change personal habits and pursue a meaningful life. While I can admit that there’s something invigorating–even exciting–about casting a new vision, writing that list of goals and objectives and getting a fresh start, I also know…
Is Craigslist Who We Really Are?
Raise your hand if you’re familiar with Craigslist.org. Chances are, there’s one that serves your community. And it’s extremely handy for job listings, housing, dating, selling your old crap or buying new old crap. Really, it’s ingenious. But why’s it also so darn discouraging? As great as it is for selling your car or finding…
How Do You Complain – Gracefully?
So, I’m of the ethos that if you don’t like your meal, you send it back. It’s how I was raised, and I don’t have any sense of shame about that. When you pay for something, you should get your money’s worth. HOWEVER, I also believe there’s a polite way to do it, and a…
A Holiday Tipping Guide For The Terminal Grinch
Paying a decent gratuity to each person on my list takes a huge chunk out of my funds just when I need money most to treat my family to a pleasant holiday. Honestly the whole practice makes me - and I'm not proud of this - just a bit resentful. Here's how I overcome my…
Can There Be Morals Without Religion?
For myself, I see ethics as easily separable from religion. Steve argues, if I'm understanding him aright, that we are accountable ultimately to God, and that that is the only true source of our morality and moral obligations. Without a supreme being, our actions are meaningless: 'without moral weight'. If we are accidental, we have…
A Decade of Morals — Have Yours Changed?
As the decade winds to an end, it’s natural for us all to look back at the years behind us. Last night I shared a drink with a friend and reminisced about Y2K. I thought back to the friends I celebrated with, the relationships we had all been in — and how far we each…
What Not To Eat On A Date (Or A Business Lunch)
Today, gentle readers, I had myself the most hilarious luncheon I can recall in many a day. 'Twas racy, 'twas raunchy... 'twas vegetarian Indian cuisine. It began innocently enough...
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