Connecting the Dots, March 2018

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Twisted Reality and Fake CEOs

March 27, 2018

“Fake news” has become a buzzword, especially connected to social media. Which becomes even more worrisome in light of the recent scandal about Facebook’s shady data-sharing and advertising practices.

Idea Meritocracy, Expert Blindness, and the Fed

March 20, 2018

When you have a major problem, you consult an expert—at least, that’s the idea. But in recent years, we’ve learned the hard way that so-called “experts” don’t always know what they’re talking about.

TMI and Paying Productive Workers

March 13, 2018

This week, I have a TMI problem. That stands for “Too Much Information,” and typically means someone shared personal info you’d rather not know.

The Full Employment Mirage

March 6, 2018

Judging by the official 4.1% unemployment rate, US workers appear to be doing pretty well. Unlike a few years ago, almost everyone who wants a job has one. That’s an improvement.