Temple University Press

Why Won’t Millennials Call Me?
May 21, 2015

Maybe it all started with AOL Instant Messenger when they were teens. They created acronyms like PIR (parent in room), 9 or PAW (for parents are watching), and other secret shortcuts to secure their privacy. This new technology changed the way they communicated, disrupting the late 1950s teen telephone culture celebrated in the famous "Bye Bye Birdie" number, "Telephone Hour," that spread the word about Hugo and Kim getting pinned. And of course, cultural norms have changed since the "Telephone Hour" participants asked, "Did he pin the pin on? Or was he too shy?"

The Corporation as an Incubator
January 3, 2013

In the 2012 presidential campaign, every time President Obama pounded the podium and demanded, "We must invest in job training programs" it turned my gut into knots. It seems to me that the logical place to look for filling jobs is within, just like the farm system in Major League Baseball.

When Bad Ideas Fly—II
January 11, 2007

The 139-word Bloomberg News release—that Pinnacle Entertainment is selling shares for casino funding—ends on a sour note. Pinnacle lost out in its bid for a slot machine parlor in Philadelphia to the proprietors of the largest casino complex in the world, Foxwoods, which is owned and operated by Connecticut’s Mashantucket Pequot tribe. The new Foxwoods Casino—slot machines only—that won the license, will be sited on the west bank of the Delaware River, roughly 1-1/2 miles from our 1817 row house in South Philadelphia. My neighbor, novelist-actor Steve Zettler, wrote a letter to The Philadelphia Inquirer that oozed sanctimony. “It goes beyond the obvious