Archive | September, 2013

IF YOU TRUST THE INTERNET, I HAVE A BRIDGE TO SELL YOU…

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Here’s an actual sentence from a New York Times article on businesses such as restaurants, bus companies, dry cleaners – well, almost any business actually – that either write their own glowing reviews on sites like Yelp and Citysearch, or pays people to do it for them: “Fake reviews undermine the credibility of the Internet.”…
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Google Street View Shows The Merits Of Urban Density

It seems as if anything and everything pertaining to suburban sprawl and its detrimental impact on American society has been well researched and reported over the past few years. We know Americans are driving less. We are quite familiar with the trend of Americans returning to urban cores across the country, and the death of…
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The Evolution of the Eco-Celeb: Celebs making a difference

Celebrities have long been vehicles for the newest trends, so it is not surprising that as sustainability is increasingly considered an important factor in business strategy, we are seeing the emergence of the eco-celebrity. In fact, the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS), a burgeoning market segment related to sustainable living, boasts a market size…
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Free Speech Means You Can ‘Like’ Whatever You Want

Over the last few centuries, American courts have worked to define protected speech under the First Amendment. Thanks to landmark cases, we now know that, among other things, your right to burn an American flag is protected under free speech (Texas v. Johnson), as is your right to run ads on TV before an election…
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Should the Redskins’ Racist Logo Be Protected By Trademark Laws?

The Washington Redskins are mired in controversy and no, I’m not talking about the disarray stemming their recent game against the Packers. This controversy stems from the usage of ‘Redskins’ as the organization’s nickname. Many who follow the NFL – and professional sports in general – can point out that this is old news. You…
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