David Benjamin is a Brooklyn-based journalist and novelist who writes  on technology issues, usually from the Luddite point of view.

Japan’s Semiconductor Malaise… & Sumo

HAKONE, Japan — Last Saturday, I was the unlikeliest participant at the VeriSilicon Japanese Semiconductor Industry Executive Forum, where VeriSilicon CEO Wayne Dai assembled a team of chip industry veterans, analysts, academics, and journalists (including my wife, Hotlips), to discuss the near-collapse of the semiconductor industry in Japan. While the guys (and Hotlips) lamented the…

The Gap Between Politics & Common Sense

MADISON, Wis. — I’m a political aficionado. I follow the vicissitudes and intricacies of politics like baseball fans follow the results, standings, and stats of the Major Leagues. Like any true fan, I linger addictively over the “inside baseball” aspect of politics — the clash of ideologies, unlikely alliances among apparent opponents, the demographics of…