October 17, 2018

Culture

On sensitive issues, most Americans are censoring themselves.

“Do you send Venmo requests for less than $5?”

“Religiously unaffiliated voters, who may or may not be associated with other civic institutions, seem most excited about supporting or donating to causes…”

Quoting Churchill can get you in trouble on Twitter these days.

“Nanette erodes the separation between comedy and TED Talk.”

“How cities turned against a controversial holiday.”

A new book from Radha Argawal offers a practical solution for American isolation.

What happens to art when we judge it for its political correctness and not its quality?

“How Ivy League resentments took over the Kavanaugh debate.”

“Rose is no longer a scandal-making firebrand… Her polished public persona inverts the talking points of modern feminism.”

“I went to as many Instagramable “museums,” “factories” and “mansions” as I could. They nearly broke me.”

“Conspicuous consumption,” the act of buying a luxury item to impress people, may backfire on you. Many Americans find luxury goods repulsive.

“Is language produced by the mind? Romantic theory has it otherwise: words emerge from the cosmos, expressing its soul.”

Home DNA kits are more popular than ever and people are using them to better understand where they come from and who they are – but there’s a dark side to deriving culture from DNA.

Is the “wellness movement” just a PC rebranding of weight loss regimens and fad diets? If the Weight Watchers’ new branding campaign is any indication, it would seem so.

If SJWs often resemble religious fundamentalists, bell hooks is their highest prophet. Her work on gender and intersectionality have redefined American campuses, and her ideas are being put into action with religious fervor.

Reciting “The Pledge of Allegiance” at school is so common as to be taken for granted in American schools. The truth is, it’s not that common. And we haven’t always done it.

The NFL is back, which means that America is gearing up for more heated discussions about kneelers. Here’s how to discuss NFL protests with a bit of civility.

"It’s the largest single entertainment property in the U.S., a $14 billion per year attention-sucking machine with a steady hold on the lives of tens of millions. And its future is now in widespread doubt."

St. John’s College is unique amongst liberal arts colleges. Resisting all current trends in higher education, including the high cost, America should be paying attention.

Move over, Fidget Spinner. There’s a whole industry of consumer goods being marketed toward America’s anxiety-stricken.

Move over, millennials. It’s time for a new generation’s habits and tastes to be put under the microscope. Meet Gen-Z. They’re financially cautious, pragmatic, and they’re coming to an office near you.

The role of the athlete has changed in the age of Trump. To see how, look no further Colin Kaepernick, the controversial player whose NFL career has been about everything but football.

Global wealth disparity is becoming more dramatic and the idea of a middle-class is becoming an outdated notion. It's having an effect on the art market.

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“The great sticking point—around the Irish border—has always been there.”

“Congress and the president have historically reined in the justices when they’ve gone against public opinion.”

Great schools, low prices, less partying, less anti-Zionism. Why not send your kid to school in Israel?

“Writers from the sitcom’s original run weigh in: ‘You’re not telling a story about a strong matriarch anymore. It’s something else.’”

Sears was Amazon in a time before Amazon. Now they’ve declared bankruptcy.

“When we die now, we leave a multitude of digital relics behind. Can we grieve properly for those we love when the dead remain with us?”

On sensitive issues, most Americans are censoring themselves.

“Bookish, which sounds a bit like Jewish, is the word I use to describe lives that are dominated by books.”

Personality development might be more influenced by siblings than it is by parents.

Are avocados, almonds, melon, kiwi or butternut squash suitable for vegans? Nope!

“Scientists bred healthy baby mice from same-sex parents for the first time.”

“Perhaps there was something too primal about it, the associations with blood and the female body and sexuality, the act of immersing naked in rainwater.”