LONGREADS

11.24.13

Best Business Longreads

From accepting the effects of modernizing cities to the effects of climate change on vulnerable Pacific island nations, The Daily Beast brings you the best in business journalism from the week of November 22, 2013.

Drowning Kiribati

Jeffrey Goldberg – Bloomberg Businessweek

For many Americans, the effects of climate change seem amorphous and distant . For the populations of tiny island nations like Kiribati, the threat is real and near – and any impacts would be irreversible. Which has led its leader, Anote Tong, to declare that the developed countries are murdering his country.

Is Virginia the New Napa?

Dana Milbank – Washington Post Magazine

Over 200 years after Thomas Jefferson failed to establish a good grape harvest on his Virginia estate, a handful of winemakers in Virginia are now producing wines that compete with vintners from California and Europe. Thanks in large part to a combination of technological advances and deep pockets (including Donald Trump), vineyards have been transformed from places where wines once tasted like “detergent.”

They’re Watching You at Work

Don Peck – The Atlantic

Big Data and analytics have transformed baseball, political campaigns and journalism. Now, the practice of “people analytics,” is threating to turn HR departments into corporate versions of “Moneyball.”

Auto Correct: Has the Self-Driving Car at Last Arrived?

Burkhard Bilger – The New Yorker

To say that the possibilities of a driverless car have both excited and struck fear in the hearts of Americans is an understatement. To some, this would dramatically alter transportation as we know it. For others, it would take the joy of driving away and hand it over to robots that can be hacked and controlled. What might really matter most, however, is that the self-driving car might save lives.

A Reason to Root for Dubai on the Hudson

Hugo Lindgren – New York Times Magazine

Cities have undergone dramatic transformations in the past decades. And for every excited gentrifier, there is a horrified, indignant NIMBY. In Greenwich Village, once ground zero for all things edgy and “real,” some think it may be time to move on, because, as the author asks, “Who wants to live in a museum?"