This Is Your Brain On Apps, ‘Minecraft,’ and Fracking

The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World by Howard Gardner and Katie Davis

The nutshell: Risk-averse. Dependent. Superficial. Narcissistic. All of these are adjectives employed by developmental psychologists Gardner and Davis to describe the Web 2.0 generation. They argue that today’s kids are dependent on apps—from maps that prevent them from getting lost to social media that keep them in constant contact with one another.

Literary lovechild of: Sherry Turkle’s Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet and Jean M. …

Getting Off My Duff in Carson

Homeowners In My City Banded Together to Wake Up Shell Oil. Now I Need to Wake Up, Too.

Sitting at the bus stop on Moneta Avenue, I watch cars pull into and drive away from Veterans Park. People visit the SportsComplex at the park or fill the bleachers …

Our Ignorant Gas-Price Bliss

No One Wants To Talk About the ‘Crack Spread,’ But That Obscene-Sounding Term Is a Key To Understanding Your Spending At the Pump

Sigh. Everyone wants to talk about gas prices—$4.25 a gallon for regular in L.A. last week. But no one wants to talk about crack spreads. “Crack spread” sounds a bit …

ExxonMobil Might Not Rule the Planet

But It Sure Does Its Best

With almost $500 billion in revenue in 2011, ExxonMobil is the largest corporation in America–and one of its most secretive. What goes on behind its doors, and how does it …

Does Big Oil Have To Be Evil To Survive?

It’s a tough business, and someone has to do it. Don’t they?

 

It’s one thing to pledge to do no evil if your business is an Internet search engine born on the pristine Stanford campus, or selling organic tea to Angelenos. It’s …

I’m Afraid You Have Oil

And It’s a Diagnosis No Poor Country Should Want

What makes oil-producing countries different from other countries–and why would something as ostensibly beneficial as oil wealth be bad? It’s not a coincidence that a lot of oil lies beneath …