Archive: Pop Culture
George W. Bush and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may not seem like they have a lot in common. One is a mid-60s former leader of the free world who famously called the Web "the Internets"; the other is a hoodie-wearing, twenty-something entrepreneur who runs one of the world's fastest growing technology companies.
By Jena McGregor | November 30, 2010; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (0)
Yes, a royal wedding will be expensive, and surely, it will be showy. Even if the couple decides to have a more modern, less ostentatious affair, there's sure to be plenty of pomp and circumstance to go around. But in this case, all that extravagance will be everyone's luxury.
By Jena McGregor | November 16, 2010; 03:12 PM ET | Comments (24)
Surely, then, the Redskins management didn't plan on throwing millions at their star talent on the very day his worth to the Redskins team might be most seriously called into question. But they could have planned the announcement so that it didn't happen on the exact same day as a big game with a top team where such headline-grabbing comparisons would inevitably be made.
By Jena McGregor | November 16, 2010; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (20)
Olbermann's punishment falls somewhere in the middle. It's understandable that MSNBC felt it had to do something more than get Olbermann to apologize. A rule is a rule, after all. But if it really wants to send the right message to other people who might be tempted to violate it, the discipline wasn't likely to scare many off.
By Jena McGregor | November 8, 2010; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (101)
Unlike so many today, both inside and outside politics, he offered perspective on the bigger picture, made people feel better about themselves and encouraged compromise in a world that seems to have forgotten how to do it.
By Jena McGregor | November 1, 2010; 08:24 AM ET | Comments (22)
And while it's two years before the next presidential election, Obama seemed to be campaigning for himself rather than the members of Congress who'll be elected next week. Despite some kind words for a few members of his party, Obama felt more candidate than leader, the savviest of which would have used humor to turn the conversation around and try to deflate the kind of anger and furor the country is gripped with these days.
By Jena McGregor | October 28, 2010; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (35)
I'm all for CEOs being a little more candid when it comes to discussing their competition. Some go out of their way to avoid even saying their rivals' names on the record (which can sound ridiculous), much less openly criticizing them. But there is such a thing as too much hubris--even for a company with results as stellar as Apple's--and a healthy respect for competitors should be something in every leader's lexicon. Most at least pretend they have it.
By Jena McGregor | October 19, 2010; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (23)
I don't believe in the idea that all publicity is good publicity. And maybe I'll change my mind after I view the film and see just how scathing the portrait of Zuckerberg is. But I think people are more forgiving of leaders than we think, and very little can get in the way of a cultural phenomenon like Facebook.
By Jena McGregor | September 23, 2010; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (30)
If Steve Jobs doesn't create more products that appeal to Apple's tremendous mainstream fan base, the company's breathtaking growth could stall.
By Jena McGregor | September 2, 2010; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (26)
Beck is a reminder that people see what they want to in the people they follow, especially if they already identify with them in ways that may be more powerful than their differences.
By Jena McGregor | August 31, 2010; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (67)
Operating under the idea that its engineers and professionals should be treated as adults, Netflix allows salaried employees to take as much vacation as they'd like.
By Jena McGregor | August 26, 2010; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (6)