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Joe Queenan is a regular contributor on business issues, corporate culture, and financial follies to Barron's and The Wall Street Journal.

Time For An Exchange of Ideas

Like many Americans, I was devastated when news got out that the American Stock Exchange was up for sale. From a traditionalist’s perspective, it was the worst news since Rockefeller Center was taken over by a Japanese buyer years ago. The very idea that the venerable exchange, once known as “The Curb,” had reached such a low point that it ...

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Scanning for Superiority

A graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has invented a hand-held electronic device that can instantaneously tell a consumer whether the manufacturer of a product is a “good corporate citizen.” Encased within what The New York Times refers to as a “Cold-War-Era Geiger Counter,” this somewhat bulky object contains a bar code reader equipped with a database listing ...

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Email Hell

Spam has been much in the news lately. If the experts are to be believed, the drudgery of deleting unsolicited email-frequently of a libidinous nature-is now impairing the nation’s productivity, requiring otherwise hard-working employees to waste their precious time deleting it. In theory, this is costing American corporations billions of dollars in wasted man-hours. Surely, we cannot be terribly far ...

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