In thinking about ways that the internet is changing writing, Colin Walker asks: what exactly happens in a person’s mind when they push the ‘publish now’ button? Why make one’s words public? Writing privately, as a way of life, might be a means of self-development. Maintaining a personal archive of thoughts for future reference is …
Four Londoners share their reflections about participating in One Book One London
“By embracing the politics of inevitability, we raised a generation without history,” writes Timothy Snyder. The politics of inevitably is a confidence trap — a lulling sense of a security in fixed trajectory laid before us. It’s society on autopilot. To the extent that ‘progress’ becomes the assumed course, the necessity of teaching history diminishes, …
What happens to the fight for justice when everyone is fighting a different battle?
What if white people have been effectively doing ‘identity politics’ for centuries — but now mobilize the term ‘identity politics’ pejoratively to refer to political actors and agendas that are not white?
Confirmation bias is when you determine how knowledgable another person is by how strongly you agree with them.
In a sense, digital social platforms homogenize personal individuality as much as they amplify and incentivize it. One of the most interesting contradictions of the ‘digital revolution’ is how big tech endlessly promise better tools to express our creativity, individuality, and unique voice in the world… …as we are happily baited into using platforms and …
If you were visiting from another planet and you saw a species obsessed with the kinds of questions reflected in our self-help titles, what assumptions might you infer about the kind of society they had created together?
When we weigh all the pros and cons, does social media come out as a net good or as a liability for society? …does it bring people together to mobilize for their rights? Or just give corporations and governments the ability to track our every move? …does it introduce us to new ideas and different …
How do the courts decide when one person’s human rights seem to violate or compete another person’s human rights?
“A different kind of prejudice / Like equating being liberated with westernized / And I am sick of being exotified.”
Who is your ‘true self’? The ‘self’ who is doing the searching or the ‘self’ you’ll supposedly find?
The rhetoric of kumbaya can only serve as a distraction for so long.
Do identity politics multiply when a critical percentage of us can take our prosperity and democracy for granted?
Do identity politics have what it takes to transform the institutions and structures of a society?