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How a drug became an object lesson in political tribalism.
Cailin O'Connor, James Owen Weatherall
Fixating on whether Trump’s response to COVID-19 is totalitarian makes it difficult to have a nuanced discussion about the role government should play in times of crisis.
Samuel Clowes Huneke
With its elite decision-makers and opinion-formers—and over 1.5 million copies sold per week—the Economist has exerted tremendous influence on popular liberal discourse for more than a century.
The calculus of power isn’t defined by hits or clicks or tweets. It is measured in relationships and meaningful reactions over time.
The right’s success in media is not a shadowy conspiracy; it has been achieved out in the open, largely through ordinary politics. Much of it can be countered the same way.
The Doomsday Clock is set to two minutes to midnight—the same position it held in 1953, when the United States and USSR detonated their first hydrogen bombs. So why don't we make movies about nuclear war anymore?
How we went from “racist” to “racially tinged.”
Lawrence B. Glickman
Yochai Benkler argues that the mainstream media is our best hope for tempering the radical right.
Yochai Benkler, Deborah Chasman
We already know how Brett Kavanaugh responds to human suffering.
James Baldwin’s book about the Atlanta child murders speaks best to the era of Black Lives Matter.
The modes of perception and living that we attribute to Instagram are rooted in a much older aesthetic of the picturesque.
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Peter E. Gordon
Robin Dembroff, Dee Payton
Nikhil Pal Singh
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