@DaveTaylor

Dave Taylor is a long time media commentator and writer, with a focus on consumer electronics and technology. He holds a Masters degree in Education and an MBA and has published over twenty books. A single father to two teens and a tween, he also moonlights as a film and media critic and calls Boulder, Colorado home.




When Confederate Statues Are Removed, Are We Unfairly Erasing History?

Time passes and values change. Things our parents and their parents held dear, beliefs and heroes that they cherished, when viewed through the lens of contemporary culture, often no longer seem so heroic or worthy of adulation. No one is immune from this historical revisionism, even our Founding Fathers. But it’s the Civil War that … Continued

Politics

Nordstrom Guilty of Blue-Collar Class Appropriation

If you’re a blue collar worker, or just part of the manual labor force getting your hands dirty every day, Nordstrom department store wants to market your look – specifically, they want the rest of the world to buy blue jeans that look like they spent the day at a construction site. Rich urban yuppies … Continued

Culture

Stop the Unicorn Madness

It used to be that unicorns were in the same category as fairies, gnomes and trolls: mythical and only really believed by the very young. Unicorns have come a long way since then, however, and the word is now commonly used to describe something that’s bursting with pastel colors, rare or so unique that there’s … Continued

Culture

Stop Using Technology to Babysit Your Kids

In a stunning blow for people who use technology as a babysitter for their kids, research is revealing (not surprisingly) that toddlers who are allowed to play with devices and stare at tiny screens are getting less sleep. Researchers at Birkbeck, University of London, concluded that for every four hours a toddler uses a touchscreen … Continued

Parenting

I Re-Tweet Wendy’s Chicken Nuggets, Therefore I Am

How much do you like fast food? Let’s be more specific: What are you willing to do for some free Wendy’s chicken nuggets? Before you start leaping off cliffs or skateboarding into traffic, keep in mind that in the Internet era you might not have to do much at all; just post to your favorite … Continued

Culture

How Student Journalists Busted a Fake Principal

It’s a sign of our times – and a story that begs for the Lifetime TV movie treatment: Incoming Pittsburg, Kansas High School principal Amy Robertson listed some questionable experience and credentials on her resume and promptly got busted by vigilant student journalists. Over 3000 colleges in the United States alone, one would think Ms. … Continued

Culture

What Facebook Gets Right About Death

Death isn’t easy to face. It’s not easy to deal with when you lose a loved one, and it’s really not easy when you’re at a job where the expectation is that you just keep working. There are plenty of companies like this, where, if you’re not the person who died, you better make sure … Continued

Culture

How the Melting Pot Became “Cultural Appropriation”

When our parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents voluntarily immigrated to the United States, they brought with them not only a desire to embrace a new homeland, but also a desire to become culturally “American.” This didn’t mean rejecting their cultural identity; it meant making room in it for new influences, which is why they often identified … Continued

Culture