Category Archives: culture

Martin Gurri update

1. In a recent talk, he says, The question has been posed at this conference whether we are witnessing the rise of authoritarian or fascist governments. Among the old democracies at least, I believe the opposite is closer to the … Continue reading

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Social media and polarization

Levi Boxell, Matthew Gentzkow, and Jesse M. Shapiro write, If access to the Internet or social media use is a primary driver of political polarization among the U.S. electorate, we would expect to see greater changes in polarization among young … Continue reading

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Provocative sentences about information overload

From James Williams, in an interview by Brian Gallagher. What’s happened is, really rapidly, we’ve undergone this tectonic shift, this inversion between information and attention. Most of the systems that we have in society—whether it’s news, advertising, even our legal … Continue reading

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Sentences about autonomous vehicles

Joshua Gans writes, Consider, for a moment, the notion that human error could be completely eliminated by having autonomous vehicles. Would we need car airbags? Would we need seat belts? Would we need the car to be reinforced to withstand … Continue reading

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Sentences lifted from the comments

1. A commenter writes, At the core of the problem is the reality that government and culture are both making American life a bit more complex and demanding an experience each year. We aren’t using expanded knowledge and technology to … Continue reading

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Free speech means not having to lie

In a podcast with Russ Roberts, Megan McArdle says, as you pull those things in, you create this climate of everyone feeling like they have to lie, in public. And, what’s interesting about reading the Soviet, those Soviet era things, … Continue reading

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Good sentences

from Michael Huemer. We talk about society because we want to align ourselves with a chosen group, to signal that alignment to others, and to tell a story about who we are. There are AIDS activists because there are people … Continue reading

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Less interest in cooking

Eddie Yoon writes, Only 10% of consumers now love to cook, while 45% hate it and 45% are lukewarm about it. That means that the percentage of Americans who really love to cook has dropped by about one-third in a … Continue reading

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Hanson, Hurricanes, and Price Gouging

Describing our primitive ancestors, Robin Hanson writes, when the group was stressed and threatened by dominators, outsiders, or famine, the collective view mattered less, and people reverted to more general Machiavellian social strategies. Then it mattered more who had what … Continue reading

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Green on Green

Colin Browne writes, The end result of this project includes a big win for biking in the region: a paved, grade separated trail from Bethesda to Silver Spring. But the construction phase will include unavoidable disruptions—the entire Georgetown Branch Trail … Continue reading

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