Category: Culture

Why Facebook Wants You to Be Happy

People see Facebook as a neutral platform, which they can use to have conversations. But in reality, it’s a company,…
Gracy Olmstead August 21, 2014

Unschooling: the Future of Education?

Ben Hewitt doesn’t send his boys to school—he doesn’t even own a curriculum. He’s an “unschooling” parent. Though the…
Gracy Olmstead August 19, 2014

In Ferguson, Peace and Order First

“America is on trial,” said Rev. Al Sharpton from the pulpit of Greater St. Mark’s Family Church in Ferguson,…
Patrick Buchanan August 19, 2014

Why Does Beauty Matter?

The beautiful will save us, but it must capture us to do so.
Gracy Olmstead August 16, 2014

Wi-Fi Invades the Wilderness

Jason Mark’s article for The Atlantic, “Wifi in the Woods,” points to an alarming trend: Wi-Fi connectivity brought into…
Sarah Albers August 14, 2014

Place and the Politics of Slacktivism

Americans have come to stand at quite a distance from their government. The interests of government, as well as…
Sarah Albers August 12, 2014

The Tocquevillian Farmer’s Market

Civil society can be rebuilt around food, and family, and friends.
Gracy Olmstead August 9, 2014

Punk Rock and Poultry With a Kick

Johnny Rotten would probably be horrified to be grouped with the likes of today’s foodie counterculture—and, true to character,…
Sarah Albers August 8, 2014

Can Equations Predict Happiness?

Want to be happy? There’s an equation for that, according to British neuroscientists. In a study just published in…
Gracy Olmstead August 7, 2014

Google Tries to Conquer the Typography of a Non-English Internet

The Internet is no longer in English, even if the coding on its back end still largely is. That’s what…
Catherine Addington August 7, 2014