Ave Atque Vale (Hail and Farewell)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotosprecate/ Dear Media Rostra Community, Thank you for reading, sharing, and discussing the essays published here on Media Rostra. The site went inactive following the 2012 election, but please feel free to browse the archives, since much of the content here is “evergreen” and remains relevant to American political culture today. At Media Rostra, our […]

The Innkeeper: A Christmas Story

My name is Pradeep Patel. I operate a small motel off of Interstate 55 about an hour southwest of Chicago. And I need to tell you a story. As night began to fall, I lit the “No Vacancy” sign for the first time in months. All twelve rooms in our inn were full for the […]

Our Historical Moment

I spent five years studying the American Revolution. I read the founders’ letters and diaries and commonplace books. In a strange way–because I learned their secrets–I got to know them better than they knew each other. As it turns out, they were men and women just like we are. They had flaws and warts. They […]

The Drawbacks of Consulting or: The Parable of the School Bus

I have done a lot of management consulting over the years. While the business can be lucrative, it has two major drawbacks: 1) the hollow grind of frequent business travel, and 2) the frustrating limitation of advisory agency. The first is self-explanatory, if you’ve ever spent week after week in placeless hotel rooms and dim […]

Transforming Resources into Assets

Resources are flecks of gold shimmering in the creek bed. Assets are blocks of gold stacked in a pyramid. Entrepreneurship is the transformation of resources into assets. 1 Let’s imagine that I inherited five one-acre parcels of land: one acre of land near Midland, Texas, another acre near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a third acre in […]

The Slow Fade of Fall

A hot Arkansas August left us long ago for a wet November.  Burnt grass and shriveled streams turned to windy nights and flooding fields. For most, August was a time to stay indoors and away from it all.  For others, the first few weeks of August marked the start of something more communal: football.  Revered […]

Closing Statements: 25 Thoughts on What’s Wrong with American Politics

1) The Circle of Strife: Politicians raise money from rich people. Rich people gain speed dial access to politicians. Campaign war chests are used to purchase, produce, and run television ads. Media consultants, agencies, and stations are happy. Television ads cast doubt, twist facts, and manipulate impressionable middle-class viewers. American television audiences become American voters. […]