Malcolm Gladwell

  • Enron, legal, Malcolm Gladwell, White Collar Crime

    Questioning The Enron Case, Day 8

    It’s been eight days (or so) since Malcolm Gladwell’s article in the New Yorker got people talking about Enron again. Consider the Enron case officially re-opened. And by “officially” we mean “under debate on the interwebs.” So it’s not legally re-opened but there is at least a chance that the public understanding of Enron might […]

    / Jan 10, 2007 at 2:38 PM
  • Business Media, Companies, Enron, Malcolm Gladwell

    More Heat For Gladwell’s Enron Essay

    Wow. It wasn’t long-ago that Malcolm Gladwell was a media darling. Critical remarks on his writing came from only a few sources, including federal judge Richard Posner and writer Steve Sailer’s blog. But now he’s gone and challenged one of the central myths of our times–the Myth of Enron Evil–and all bets are off. The […]

    / Jan 9, 2007 at 10:26 AM
  • Companies, Enron, Malcolm Gladwell

    Gladwell’s Definitions Mysterious and Puzzling

    That Malcolm Gladwell article we pointed to the other day has been taking some hits lately. Brad DeLong totally harshes on the the Free Jeff Skilling buzz here. But more interesting, Steve Sailer points out that Malcolm gets the distinction between a puzzle and a mystery exactly backwards. Gladwell writes: “Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts are […]

    / Jan 4, 2007 at 11:16 AM
  • Business Media, Enron, Jeff Skilling, Malcolm Gladwell

    The “Free Jeff Skilling” Movement Grows

    Well. Okay. That headline may be a bit strong. But Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker piece on Enron certainly has definitely brought the issue of Jeff Skilling’s conviction and incredibly harsh sentence back into public discussion. At least if “people writing on the internet” counts as “public discussion.” Some recent responses: • Larry Ribstein asks: “So […]

    / Jan 3, 2007 at 4:27 PM
  • Business Media, Malcolm Gladwell

    “I’m Malcolm Gladwell, Bitch!”

    Business journalism feuds are so much fun because there is so little at stake. There’s even less at stake in most business journalism than, say, foodie writing. While a restaurant review might effect where you take a date or a client to dinner, when was the last time someone traded based on, say, what Gretchen […]

    / Nov 15, 2006 at 10:04 AM
  • Economics, Malcolm Gladwell

    Gladwell versus Galt, Round Two

    Uhm. Wow. It seems that Malcolm Gladwell really, really didn’t like the response to his latest New Yorker article from Jane Galt (who, in the interest of full disclosure, we’ll now take the time to admit having met socially on more than one occasion; and further, we’ll admit we found her rather fetching each time—although […]

    / Aug 29, 2006 at 5:01 PM

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