February 26, 2020

Culture

"...many contemporary newspapers and politicians openly doubted the truth about the Klan’s purported mission, its crimes, even its very existence. The various motivations for this campaign of denialism are all too familiar today..."

"“I didn’t necessarily feel anything,” was often said. Sometimes, “No, there was definitely something watching us.” Or even, “The kids said they saw a shadow.”"

"Drive from coast to coast and everybody seems to be getting along fine — as long as you don’t listen to talk radio in the car or turn on cable TV news at the hotel."

"'Autonomies,' an acclaimed dystopian drama about the formation of two entities – the Haredi Autonomy in Jerusalem and a secular State of Israel in Tel Aviv – shows how Israel’s various cultures could live better with each other separately."

"Bad opinions aren’t going anywhere, and we all have them. Through conversations with our peers and the media, we subject our ideas to scrutiny and proceed accordingly."

"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."

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