Geopolitical Futures:Not Much Is New in This Election The question is not why Americans regard this particular election as apocalyptic. The question is why Americans routinely regard presidential elections as apocalyptic, without realizing they are simply acting out an old script. One reason is a general one. Americans do not remember the past very clearly, particularly when it doesn’t directly affect their lives. America was founded without a past, but with a breathtaking future. As a culture, our focus has been there. We get caught up in the moment and we lack a sense of perspective because our memory of the past has been rendered fuzzy, with the hard edges removed.
Boston Review:Paying for Punishment But understanding decarceration only through the lens of cost cutting has a major blind spot. America’s contemporary system of policing, courts, imprisonment, and parole doesn’t just absorb money. It also makes money through asset forfeiture, lucrative public contracts from private service providers, and by directly extracting revenue and unpaid labor from populations of color and the poor.
The Economist:From Dotcom Hero to Zero At its peak in 2000, Yahoo had a market value of $128 billion.
In the dotcom version of Monopoly, Yahoo got the prime slot.
Annoyed Librarian:Information Failure The time has long gone when people would settle bar bets by calling a reference librarian, but the same
sort of fact-checking Snopes engages in is what reference librarians excel at, or at least used to until
people stopped asking them reference questions and started asking them to clear the printer jams.
Kieran Healey:Olympics Trolling A moment’s thought suggests that my views are perfectly correct. Reflecting a little further on my sports bigotry,
I think the simplest model is a two-dimensional space that, I think you will agree, is both easy to understand
and wholly objective.