The Age of Connection
Technology is making it as easy to keep in touch with someone on the other side of the world as it is with a next-door neighbor. Social networks bring news and tidbits from far and wide, sometimes with startling results. But is technology really increasing understanding between people? Between nations?
The Call of the Future
Today, we worry about the social effects of the Internet. A century ago, it was the telephone that threatened to reinvent society.
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The Torture of Solitary
Solitary confinement, once regarded as a humane method of rehabilitation, unravels the mind. Yet today, more than 25,000 U.S. prisoners languish in isolated cells.
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The Port Huron Statement: a Manifesto at 50
The Port Huron Statement launched America's New Left in 1962. Today it seems naive and in some ways misguided — yet it raised questions that still agitate Americans today.
A Small World After All?
The Internet has changed many things, but not the insular habits of mind that keep the world from becoming truly connected.
Are technology and globalization undermining the middle class?
While Americans enjoy the use of cell phones and other technological innovations, the financial rewards of economic change have accrued “disproportionately to the most talented and well-educated members of society.”
Gerrymandering and prisons
Prisoners aren't allowed to vote. That doesn't stop them from being gerrymandered into safe districts.
For Some Think Tanks, Less Thinking and More Politics
Think tanks should be more than just part of DC's political echo chamber.
The U.S. Navy's Continual Reinvention
In its uniforms, ranks, and lexicon, the U.S. Navy retains the trappings of an earlier era. But dig deeper, and you'll find an organization that is constantly evolving.
Kagan: the U.S. won't fade like the British Empire
Yes, the challenges facing the country are daunting. But decline “is a choice,” Kagan asserts.
Why some retailers are bucking trends to pay their workers more
Investment in employees allows for excellent operational execution.
No Help for Displaced Workers
As globalization pulls jobs from American factories, the federal government has created programs to help displaced workers find positions with pay comparable to the ones lost. These initiatives make for reassuring political speeches, but do they actually achieve their objective?
Don't Blame Bonuses
Everyone has a theory about what caused the 2008 financial crisis. Bonuses, as objectionable as they my be, aren't the cause.
Is it utopian to imagine ‘unschooling’ for all?
The unschooling movement got its start amid the idealism of the 1960s and ’70s.
The Brief, Wondrous History of White Bread
Industrially produced white bread emerged from a confluence of political and social needs unique to the mid-20th century.
The Federal Trade Commission has begun challenging hospital mergers that it views as a threat to competition.
A college degree levels the playing field. Grad school? Not so much.
By leveling the playing field, a college degree does something magical. A new study, however, concludes that the process runs in reverse once students reach graduate school.
Twitter is improving public health efforts
An unlikely set of tools including Twitter can help public health workers anticipate and respond to disease outbreaks.
The future of the Bible in an e-reader world
What happens to Christianity if the book goes the way of the scroll?
Why is Western Classical Music so Popular in China?
The future of Western classical music may be in the hands of Asia’s rising musicians.
Is poetry really the domain of the depressed?
Readers are disappointed by poets who aren’t at least a little mad, which is to say visionary, melancholic, tormented, debauched, or somehow awry.