Was the march for science a waste of time?

Probably. But we loved all the geeky posters and colorful outfits. Special shout out to whoever designed the T-shirt pictured below. 

Hat tip: Dylan Hunt

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An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Dear Mark,

Like the Bob Marley song of yore, we continue to wait in vain for Facebook to introduce a “dislike” button. Although it’s your website, it’s very patronizing that you refuse to give us this choice. Nevertheless, instead of endlessly debating the merits of our proposal, here’s a friendly suggestion from your friends at Prior Probability: let us vote! That’s right. Just let all active Facebook users cast a vote on this issue once and for all (one vote per Facebook account). If a majority of users reject our suggestion, we will cheerfully accept the results and never mention this pet-peeve ever again, but if “dislike” wins, then you agree to abide by the results and install a thumbs-down button, as per the will of the majority. Deal?

Yours truly,

F. E. Guerra-Pujol

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Who wore it best? (periodic table edition)

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Class No. 14 (Mark Zuckerberg’s question)

What question keeps you up at night? By way of example, in the opening scene of the movie “The Social Network,” a fictional Mark Zuckerberg begins by asking, “How do you distinguish yourself in a population of people who all got 1600 on their SAT’s?” By comparison, Peter Thiel opens his book Zero to One (the first page of which is pictured below) with this provocative question: “What important truth do very few people agree with you on?”

Aren’t these really one and the same question?

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The art of recycling

Among many other beautiful things, ProtonPaperie of Merritt Island, Florida offers the coaster set pictured below, consisting of vintage ads from the 1908 Sears catalogue (via Etsy).

Credit: ProtonPaperie

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Visualization of the Cinema of Alfred Hitchcock

The piece pictured below, which was created by the graphic artist Dex, features Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s distinctive silhouette through a mix of typography and illustration. More works by Dex are available here.

Image of Hitched (white, 2012)

Image Credit: Dex

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Class No. 13 (The United Airlines Case)

Have you ever been bumped off a flight or received shabby service from a commercial airline carrier? In our next class, we will take a break from “The Social Network” in order to debate United’s fateful decision (see memes below) to bump (or “re-accommodate,” in corporate lingo) several fare-paying passengers–and forcibly remove one of them–off United flight 3411 in order to make room for some United crew members. (By the way, our friend and colleague Eric Rasmusen has prepared an excellent overview of “The United Airlines Forcible Removal Affair”; you can read it here.) This infamous incident will allow us to revisit many of the substantive areas we have studied thus far in this legal and ethical environment of business course, including business ethics (e.g. is it ever unethical to bump a passenger off a flight?), sources of law (such as federal aviation regulations versus state common law), the law of contracts (especially section 25 of United’s contract of carriage), the law of torts (what duties does United owe to its passengers?), the law of agency (how can United be legally liable for the excessive force used by the Chicago Aviation Police?), forum shopping (is the plaintiff better off suing in Kentucky or in Illinois?), and the decision whether to settle or go to trial.

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