Economics in the Media…

…in May, I posted this tongue in cheek (and excessively long) rewrite of a New York Times investigative report about the nail salon industry in New York City.

NYT’s original thesis: “Manicurists are routinely underpaid and exploited, and endure
ethnic bias and other abuse, The New York Times has found.”

My thesis in the rewrite: Manicurists are routinely underpaid and exploited, and endure ethnic bias and other abuse, [first generation immigrants working their first job, trained and housed for free by employers, hired despite having no language skills and/or being in the country illegally, able to use the skills learned on the job to build a better life] The New York Times has found.

Well, apparently I’m not the only one who reads The New York Times. Within four days, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced “”emergency protections for nail-salon workers,” according to

Reason continued to cover the story, as it first seemed to fade back, thanks in part to Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-District 40), then as evidence of factual errors and misquotes surfaced in July, then as the employees and nail-salon owners alike began openly protesting The New York Times five months after the story was first published.

There whole saga has been very interesting and now Reason has an awesome 10 minute video recapping the last seven months.