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Posts in category “Culture”

Marital Completionism: A Bad Model for Thruples and Couples Alike

Why assume you need to make compromises to achieve connubial bliss? In …

Posted July 28th, 2014

On Eating Virtuously

In her essay on the paleo diet in the latest New Yorker, Elizabeth …

Posted July 26th, 2014

The Ethics of Disability Metaphors

From the teenage romance between an amputee and an oxygen-tank user in …

Posted July 24th, 2014

Second-Career Farms: the Future of Agriculture?

Decentralized agrarianism faces the challenges of modern farming.

Posted July 22nd, 2014

Autonomy and Automation in Old Age

The world’s fast-growing elderly population faces more age-related disease, higher health costs, …

Posted July 21st, 2014

Why Facebook Matters

I wanted to get off Facebook—to deactivate my account entirely. It seemed like …

Posted July 19th, 2014

Congressional Quirkiness on Display @CongressEdits

Twitter has revolutionized the way constituents interact with their representatives in Congress. Will Wikipedia …

Posted July 17th, 2014

Parenting in an Age of Bad Samaritans

Imprisoning parents of briefly unattended kids is a sure sign that community has given way to the State.

Posted July 17th, 2014

Slenderman and the “Mythos” of Modernism

A gruesome murder by teenage girls draws on the Internet’s brand of horror.

Posted July 15th, 2014

Why World Cup Culture Wars Vindicate American Soccer

Ann Coulter brings a Latin American sporting tradition to the USA.

Posted July 14th, 2014

Is the RomCom Dead Yet?

Tired genres need reinvigorating, not abandonment.

Posted July 12th, 2014

“Emoji Dick”: American Classic?

One of the most famous works of literature, now written in emoticons

Posted July 11th, 2014

America the Abstracted

Two recent studies offer up what appear to be contradictory results: one, …

Posted July 8th, 2014

Can Technology Build a Village?

We live in a rapidly urbanizing world. But Brian Chesky, co-founder and …

Posted July 5th, 2014

Aggregated Soul, Quantified Self

Know thyself! According to the Quantified Self movement, data aggregation is the answer …

Posted July 3rd, 2014

Want to Cook Local? There’s An App For That

A lot of Americans are beginning to express interest in the idea …

Posted July 3rd, 2014

Why Facebook’s Experiment Threatens Further Manipulation

Facebook has taken a lot of heat in the past few days …

Posted July 1st, 2014