January 20, 2019

Culture

"How did an elite, repressive minority policing speech and culture through political correctness come to browbeat the American democratic majority?"

"Allegations of sexual harassment brought down Bill Gothard, a leading figure of the Christian right. But his fall also revealed the diminished influence of fundamentalism in the Trump era."

In the age of "self-care," where should we draw the boundaries? Are we wasting money, hiding from the world, and hurting our friends all in the name of "self-care?"

What makes a song become a classic. Slate asked critics, musicians, and industry professionals to predict which songs from the past 25 years we will be listening to for the next one hundred.

"As a queer Black Clevelander, the podcast's new season investigating criminal justice in Cleveland clarifies a lifetime of racist interactions with police."

“This desire to inflect price, to bargain, to determine shopping behaviors in advance, is a common denominator for contemporary artists—you might say it’s the lowest.”

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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JJ Editor's Picks

"Not even what one might think of as the most basic tenet of any religion, a belief in the existence of God, is a prerequisite: Agnosticism is a key principle of at least one major school of Hindu philosophy."

"The presidency of any particular incumbent is relatively short... but the precedential consequences of impeaching a president without complying with the specific provisions of the Constitution “as it was written” are enduring."

"After news that a judge allegedly provided sexual favors to Bar Association president Efi Nave in exchange for her appointment, several politicians said in their responses that the Judicial Selection Committee needed to be the “Holy of Holies.”"

"Two new documentaries take on Billy McFarland and his disastrous music festival... the secret villain of this story all along: the subtle menace of social media marketing."

"Eating out, ordering in. Throw in a bagel here, a coffee there, and it all adds up. "It's definitely a challenge for people my age to save on food.""

"Popular music is shrinking. From 2013 to 2018, the average song on the Billboard Hot 100 fell from 3 minutes and 50 seconds to about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. "

"Here in the good old U.S. of A, the third annual Women's March planned for Jan. 19 is in serious trouble, thanks to irreconcilable political disagreements."

"Nature, however, with its endless cycles of death and rebirth, fascinated her. Walking in the woods, she developed a method that has become the hallmark of her poetry, taking notice simply of whatever happens to present itself."

"Modern parents haven’t stopped playing favorites; they’ve just stopped doing it openly. Though few parents today will admit they have a favorite child, studies indicate that about two-thirds of parents do."

"The first science-based diet that tackles both the poor food eaten by billions of people and averts global environmental catastrophe has been devised."

"Sphen and Magic looked like they would make great, diligent, careful egg-warming parents. They made the biggest nest, and they sat on it constantly."

"How YMHAs, followed by synagogue-centers, and finally JCCs have tried—in different ways—to balance Judaism and Jewishness, by bringing Jews together in intellectual, spiritual, and physical pursuits"