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Upvote/Downvote: Tackling Travel Tech and Business Issues Of The Week

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | November 06, 2015

Upvote/Downvote: Tackling Travel Tech and Business Issues Of The Week

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Welcome to the first ever Upvote/Downvote, where we take some of the more pressing news in travel technology, gadgets and business travel and decide its fate like Commodus in “Gladiator.”

Of course, that means you can upvote and downvote us with comments or shares. Please note that any downvotes will be immediately disregarded.

Let’s dive in:


I see you there, huddled in a corner with your board shorts on and the heater blasting, warming your house to artificial proportions.

Just because you beat back the holiday music and window-shopping, it doesn’t mean you should forego what are some truly awesome deals that have already started.

Amazon is already doing Black Friday as if the company was on a one-entity battle against social norms and Gregorian calendars.

Upvote: Even Scrooge liked a good deal.

Instagram With a Conscience:

Normally I use Instagram to show my friends and family that I’m a big boy who likes big boy burritos.

However, this week we learned that the social media sphere was ablaze with social consciousness.

Branden Harvey is using his popular account to show the world’s tale with ‘story’ portraits.

And Essena O’Neil famously deleted her account after recaptioning her photos to reflect brutal honesty.

Upvote: Instagram could use a bit of honesty amid all of the duck faces and shots of Spanish tapas.

Business Travel:

It was a rough week in business travel—at least from the gloomy articles I was reading. There was an abundant stark reminder that this kind of work is, well, hard work.

CNN, Harvard Business Review and, well, Harvard Business Review had stories this week on the frustrating aspects of constant travel: loneliness, jet lag and more. 

Downvote: Cheer up Internet. It’s the holidays, after all.


The TSA, under fire from previous signs of issues suffered yet another set of breaches at the hands of researchers testing the system.

The Verge delves into a report from Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General and its findings. 

Downvote: You have one job, TSA. And that’s to make my travels a little more annoying and frustrating while also providing the scantest bit of safety through security theater. Oh, good job, I guess.


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