Author: uscblogger

Why Go Green? Ask Wal-Mart

EDWARD LAWLER, professor of business, management and organization: “Some leaders are questioning the investment value of environmental responsibility, or “being green,” but consider this: green can be profitable. According to recent data, it may be exactly what it takes to…

What Story Is the Murdoch Story?

MARTY KAPLAN, director, USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, and professor of entertainment, media and society: “Following several days of coaching by lawyers and PR experts, it must have been really rattling for Rupert and James Murdoch when showtime arrived to…

A Home Is a Lousy Investment

ROBERT BRIDGES, professor of clinical finance and business economics “At the risk of heaping more misery on the struggling residential property market, an analysis of home-price and ownership data for the last 30 years in California—the Golden State with notoriously…

What China Can Learn from Thailand

DANIEL LYNCH, associate professor of international relations “During a visit to Beijing in early May, I was struck by the large number of Chinese academics who predicted that the ‘tension’ between state and society would be the most important problem…

Why We Need the Tabloids

RYAN LINKOF, lecturer in history “As long as we have had tabloids, we have had tabloid scandals. Weighing in on the spate of scandals plaguing the British tabloid press, one commentator in 1936 acidly condemned what he called “the almost…

Rupert Murdoch: Journalism’s Mubarak

NEAL GABLER, senior fellow, USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center “Murdoch liked to brag that he was challenging elitist liberal culture by giving a voice to people who were marginalized. But that’s the trouble with releasing the populist Kraken. You think…

Finish the 710 Freeway

JAMES E. MOORE II, professor of industrial and systems engineering “In the best case, the political impasse over raising the nation’s debt ceiling would lead to a new political reality for evaluating transportation projects: new rules that favor projects with…

For Sale: U.S. Infrastructure?

LISA SCHWEITZER, associate professor, USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development “Greece is having a fire sale of its publicly-owned transportation system, with planes, trains and roads all being sold off as the country attempts to dig out of its…

Broadening Shoah Remembrance

STEPHEN D. SMITH, Executive Director, USC Shoah Foundation Institute “Last week, Manhattan College also appointed a Muslim woman, Mehnaz Afridi, as director of its renamed Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center. The appointment, coupled with the college’s decision to study…