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I am shocked to report I am switching to Microsoft because Apple keyboards suck so badly that I can’t write. And I write for a living.

— Adam Davidson (@adamdavidson) April 1, 2019
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7 weeks ago by mjtsai
Taking Trump’s corruption seriously
Excellent hour long podcast going deep into various forms of corruption in the Trump Organization, Trump Foundation, etc
politics  trump  corruption  money  davidson  adamdavidson  ezraklein 
august 2018 by nelson
Trump’s Business of Corruption | The New Yorker
What secrets will Mueller find when he investigates the President’s foreign deals?
russia  corruption  trump  politics  donaldtrump  adamdavidson  thenewyorker  robertmueller 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Donald Trump’s Worst Deal - The New Yorker
The President helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
thenewyorker  donaldtrump  azerbaijan  realestate  politics  iran  revolutionaryguard  adamdavidson 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The fight for the future of NPR: Can public radio survive the podcast revolution?
A slow-moving bureaucracy. An antiquated business model. A horde of upstart competitors. Can National Public Radio survive?
NPR  NPROne  Embedded  radio  podcast  AdamDavidson  JarlMohn  AlexBlumberg  author:LeonNeyfakh  Slate  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Are We Doomed to Slow Growth? (NYT, 2/17/2016)
The pace of technological innovation may well determine the health of the American economy over time. But what matters most is how it changes us.
adamdavidson  slowgrowth  growth  economics  america 
february 2016 by davidkoren
What Hollywood Can Teach Us About the Future of Work - NYTimes.com
"I was there as a “technical adviser”: The movie involved some financial events that I’ve reported on, and the filmmakers wanted to ask me questions as they set up their scenes. But I spent much of the day asking questions of my own, trying to figure out something that mystified me as the day went on: Why was this process so smooth? The team had never worked together before, and the scenes they were shooting that day required many different complex tasks to happen in harmony: lighting, makeup, hair, costumes, sets, props, acting. And yet there was no transition time; everybody worked together seamlessly, instantly. The set designer told me about the shade of off-­white that he chose for the walls, how it supported the feel of the scene. The costume designer had agonized over precisely which sandals the lead actor should wear. They told me all this, but they didn’t need to tell one another. They just got to work, and somehow it all fit together.

This approach to business is sometimes called the “Hollywood model.” A project is identified; a team is assembled; it works together for precisely as long as is needed to complete the task; then the team disbands. This short-­term, project-­based business structure is an alternative to the corporate model, in which capital is spent up front to build a business, which then hires workers for long-­term, open-­ended jobs that can last for years, even a lifetime. It’s also distinct from the Uber-­style “gig economy,” which is designed to take care of extremely short-­term tasks, manageable by one person, typically in less than a day.

With the Hollywood model, ad hoc teams carry out projects that are large and complex, requiring many different people with complementary skills. The Hollywood model is now used to build bridges, design apps or start restaurants. Many cosmetics companies assemble a temporary team of aestheticians and technical experts to develop new products, then hand off the actual production to a factory, which does have long-­term employees. (The big studios, actually, work the same way: While the production of the movie is done by temps, marketing and distribution are typically handled by professionals with long-­term jobs.)

Our economy is in the midst of a grand shift toward the Hollywood model. More of us will see our working lives structured around short-­term, project-­based teams rather than long-­term, open­-ended jobs. There are many reasons this change is happening right now, but perhaps the best way to understand it is that we have reached the end of a hundred-­year fluke, an odd moment in economic history that was dominated by big businesses offering essentially identical products. Competition came largely by focusing on the cost side, through making production cheaper and more efficient; this process required businesses to invest tremendous amounts in physical capital — machines and factories — and then to populate those factories with workers who performed routine activities. Nonmanufacturing corporations followed a similar model: Think of all those office towers filled with clerical staff or accountants or lawyers. That system began to fray in the United States during the 1960s, first in manufacturing, with the economic rise of Germany and Japan. It was then ripped apart by Chinese competition during the 2000s. Enter the Hollywood model, which is far more adaptable. Each new team can be assembled based on the specific needs of that moment and with a limited financial commitment."

[Compare to: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/29/business/yourmoney/29pixar.html?pagewanted=all
and http://www.cityofsound.com/blog/2013/10/departments-to-studios.html

This comparison noted here:
https://twitter.com/rogre/status/597978757912137731
https://twitter.com/rogre/status/597979986910322689 ]
2015  hollywoodmodel  projects  teams  work  howwework  adamdavidson  multidisciplinary  interdisciplinary  transdisciplinary  film  filmmaking  hollywood 
may 2015 by robertogreco
Narrative Digest : Editor's Corner : Sharing stories
"For those reporters not yet expected to be multimedia jacks-of-all-trades, learning to collaborate is key."
nieman  narrative  collaboration  travisfox  frontline  npr  adamdavidson 
april 2010 by drewvigal

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