Business & Economy

Stressful leisure

Business | A Gallup poll last year found that 44 percent of Americans consider themselves to be workaholics
by Timothy Lamer
Posted 6/03/06, 12:00 am

It has become axiomatic that the United States is, in the words of CIO magazine, "a nation of stressed-out workaholics." A Gallup poll last year found that 44 percent of Americans consider themselves to be workaholics. Advertisers have cashed in on the idea, with commercials for one theme park featuring fictional undertakers who thank Americans for working themselves into early graves. The concept of the "overworked American" has long been a staple of political and cultural discussion in Western Europe also.

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Get the lead out

Business | Mindless environmentalism threatens to undermine electronics industry
by Mark Bergin
Posted 5/06/06, 12:00 am

Environmentalists will cheer July 1 with the advent of the European Union's RoHS Directive, legislation banning hazardous materials in electronic devices sold throughout Europe. Many uninformed mothers may applaud also as their children's handheld gaming units and MP3 players boast new safety standards and can safely be called "green."

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All or nothing

Business | The cable industry balks at calls for à la carte pricing
by Mark Bergin
Posted 12/24/05, 12:00 am

An inquisitive little girl and her monkey companion navigate the occupational world of grown-ups in a recent episode of Dora the Explorer on Nickelodeon. Dora and Boots try out various jobs, guiding young viewers through the work environment of a pilot, a chef, and an archaeologist. Such kid-friendly content on a number of cable television stations render basic cable subscriptions attractive for many parents.

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