TMZ Is the Justice of the Masses
Christopher Beha's Arts & Entertainments, and how we create and consume stories of other people's lives in order to feel better about our own.
Why Facebook’s Experiment Threatens Further Manipulation
Facebook has taken a lot of heat in the past few days for toying with users’ emotions—albeit for scientific…
Somewhere, Bin Laden Is Smiling
Bowe Bergdahl was “an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield” who “served the United States with distinction…
Twitter Is Alive and Well
Despite The Atlantic’s elegy for Twitter last week, the real-time social network simply isn’t dead. Far from it—instead of dying…
Peter King and the Hawks’ Hysterical Attacks on Rand Paul
Those accusing the Kentucky senator of fear-mongering should look in the mirror.
Richard Powers and the Blown-Up Cultural Narrative
When music is freed from cultural filters, how do fans find the songs that matter?
A Preview of the Oscar’s Best Picture Nominees
Rounding up the candidates in contention for taking home the statuette
Defining Digital “Mindfulness”
What is “mindfulness”? TIME Magazine recently released a cover story on “The Mindful Revolution,” outlining a return to conscious…
Olympic Failure: Bode Miller’s Interview and American Sensationalism
The awful interview was just giving Americans what they really want.
Defending the Case Against Woody Allen
Can we really trust ourselves—our minds, eyes, and ears—to Allen’s hands?