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Amazon Ruined Online Shopping - The Atlantic
But there’s a reason that we used to have shoe stores, hardware stores, grocery stores, bookstores, and all the rest: Those specialized retail spaces allow products, and the people with knowledge about them, to engage in specialized ways of finding, choosing, and purchasing them. On Amazon, everything gets treated the same. The problem with an Everything Store is that there’s no way to organize everything effectively. The result is basically a giant digital flea market. Amazon is so big, and so heterogenous, that the whole shopping experience is saturated with caprice and uncertainty. It’s not that Dash purchases alone might produce a result different from the one the buyer intended, but that every purchase might do so.
Amazon  ecommerce  review  critique  TheAtlantic  2019 
4 weeks ago by inspiral
Marie Kondo, Fast Fashion, and the Thrift-Store Boom - CityLab
Netflix’s hit show has everyone tidying up, but that's not the only reason second-hand stores are being flooded with donations.
MarieKondo  Netflix  television  fastfashion  clothing  opshop  review  trends  USA  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2019 
4 weeks ago by inspiral
Michel Houellebecq's 'Serotonin': An Indictment of the EU - The Atlantic
Other French critics have commented on Houellebecq’s evolution from the darling of left-wing magazines like Les Inrockuptibles to that of far-right ones like Valeurs Actuelles. But Houellebecq has captured something in his trajectory from the alt-weekly to the alt-right. It’s not so much that his views have changed, but that the political landscape around him has changed in ways that reflect his outlook. Maybe he is a visionary after all. And his is a grim vision indeed.
MichelHouellebecq  Serotonin  books  review  politics  TheAtlantic  2019 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
The Post-Advertising Future of the Media - The Atlantic
Mid-century newspapers were as broad and unobjectionable as department stores, because department-store advertising was their business. News media of the future could be as messy, diverse, and riotously disputatious as their audiences, because directly monetizing them is the new central challenge of the news business.
media  journalism  webjournalism  onlineadvertising  decline  neutrality  partisan  forecast  TheAtlantic  2018 
7 weeks ago by inspiral
Influencers Are Faking Brand Deals - The Atlantic
“It’s street cred—the more sponsors you have, the more credibility you have.”
Instagram  sponsoredcontent  influencer  socialmedia  USA  TheAtlantic  2018 
8 weeks ago by inspiral
How Tinder Changed Dating for a Generation - The Atlantic
When Tinder became available to all smartphone users in 2013, it ushered in a new era in the history of romance.
onlinedating  relationships  trends  Tinder  Hinge  Happn  OkCupid  USA  TheAtlantic  2018 
8 weeks ago by inspiral
How Restaurants Got So Loud - The Atlantic
This trend is not limited to New York. According to Architectural Digest, mid-century modern and minimalism are both here to stay. That means sparse, modern decor; high, exposed ceilings; and almost no soft goods, such as curtains, upholstery, or carpets. These design features are a feast for the eyes, but a nightmare for the ears. No soft goods and tall ceilings mean nothing is absorbing sound energy, and a room full of hard surfaces serves as a big sonic mirror, reflecting sound around the room.
restaurants  architecture  acoustics  review  critique  TheAtlantic  2018 
11 weeks ago by inspiral
Young People Are Having Less Sex - The Atlantic
Despite the easing of taboos and the rise of hookup apps, Americans are in the midst of a sex recession.
sex  relationships  trends  Millennials  teenagers  decline  review  USA  TheAtlantic  2018 
november 2018 by inspiral
Instagram Has a Massive Harassment Problem - The Atlantic
The platform has cast itself as the internet’s kindest place. But users argue harassment is rampant, and employees say efforts to stem it aren’t funded well or prioritized.
Instagram  socialmedia  harassment  abuse  review  critique  TheAtlantic  2018 
october 2018 by inspiral
Building Community in Booming Durham, North Carolina - CityLab
But building community, I’ve found, is not like building a house. Or, more accurately, it’s like building a house with a bunch of partners using different blueprints, while others are disassembling the foundation and yet others have confiscated some of the tools.
community  gentrification  housing  culture  profile  Durham  USA  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2018 
october 2018 by inspiral
Dating Study: At What Age Are Men, Women Most Desirable? - The Atlantic
A massive new study of online dating finds that everyone dates aspirationally—and that a woman’s desirability peaks 32 years before a man’s does.
onlinedating  relationships  research  USA  TheAtlantic  2018 
august 2018 by inspiral
How Not to Scout for Soccer Talent - The Atlantic
Two new books raise interesting questions about the ethics and effectiveness of the sport’s selection system, with its early and intense winnowing process for aspiring players.
football  recruitment  children  critique  exploitation  Africa  TheAtlantic  2018 
july 2018 by inspiral
Brexit’s Future Without Boris Johnson - The Atlantic
The grand promises of withdrawal from the European Union run aground on the tedious and technical details that campaigners ignored.
Brexit  review  critique  internationalrelations  politics  UK  EuropeanUnion  TheAtlantic  2018 
july 2018 by inspiral
Russia and the Menace of Unreality - The Atlantic
Ultimately, many people in Russia and around the world understand that Russian political parties are hollow and Russian news outlets are churning out fantasies. But insisting on the lie, the Kremlin intimidates others by showing that it is in control of defining ‘reality.’ This is why it’s so important for Moscow to do away with truth. If nothing is true, then anything is possible. We are left with the sense that we don’t know what Putin will do next—that he’s unpredictable and thus dangerous. We’re rendered stunned, spun, and flummoxed by the Kremlin’s weaponization of absurdity and unreality.
internationalrelations  informationwarfare  propoganda  VladimirPutin  Russia  TheAtlantic  2018 
july 2018 by inspiral
AT&T's Doomed Plans to Turn HBO Into Netflix - The Atlantic
The channel’s stature is what makes it baffling to learn of reports that the new Warner Media chief executive John Stankey recently lectured HBO employees on the hard times ahead. In the eyes of Stankey, an AT&T veteran, HBO is apparently too small, too nimble, and too boutique—ill-fitted for a media world that’s all about size.
HBO  television  streamingmedia  strategy  review  TheAtlantic  2018 
july 2018 by inspiral
‘Cargo-Bike Moms’ Are Gentrifying the Netherlands - The Atlantic
n Rotterdam, the bakfiets utility bike has become a symbol—and a tool—of urban displacement.
gentrification  urbandevelopment  cargobikes  Rotterdam  Netherlands  review  TheAtlantic  2018 
july 2018 by inspiral
Atheists Are Sometimes More Religious Than Christians - The Atlantic
A new study shows how poorly we understand the beliefs of people who identify as atheist, agnostic, or nothing in particular.
religion  atheism  research  consumer  comparison  USA  Europe  TheAtlantic  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
Should You Ride an Electric Scooter? - The Atlantic
What became clear in those first few days—and what I’m a little shocked to be writing now—is that electric scooters are a novel mode of transportation. They unite many of the best elements of traveling by car, bike, and foot. Like cars, they have an engine, so you can get to work without getting sweaty. Like bikes, there isn’t really road congestion, so you can travel faster than most cars can. And like walking, they let you spend your commute outside.
scooter  transport  innovation  review  comparison  cycling  startup  TheAtlantic  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations - CityLab
The nation’s famed mastery of rail travel has been aided by some subtle behavioral tricks.
railways  transportation  psychology  nudge  review  Japan  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2018 
may 2018 by inspiral
How Philip Glass Went From Driving Taxis to Composing - The Atlantic
How Philip Glass went from driving taxis to becoming one of the most celebrated composers of our time
PhilipGlass  music  interview  history  TheAtlantic  2018 
april 2018 by inspiral
New Mexico’s Sad Bet on Space Exploration - The Atlantic
Spaceport America was supposed to bring a thriving space industry to the southern New Mexico desert—but for now it’s a futurist tourist attraction, not an operational harbor to the cosmos.
SpaceportAmerica  VirginGalactic  space  development  NewMexico  review  critique  USA  TheAtlantic  2018 
march 2018 by inspiral
The AR-15 Is Different: What I Learned Treating Parkland Victims - The Atlantic
As a doctor, I feel I have a duty to inform the public of what I have learned as I have observed these wounds and cared for these patients. It’s clear to me that AR-15 or other high-velocity weapons, especially when outfitted with a high-capacity magazine, have no place in a civilian’s gun cabinet. I have friends who own AR-15 rifles; they enjoy shooting them at target practice for sport, and fervently defend their right to own them. But I cannot accept that their right to enjoy their hobby supersedes my right to send my own children to school, to a movie theater, or to a concert and to know that they are safe. Can the answer really be to subject our school children to active shooter drills—to learn to hide under desks, turn off the lights, lock the door and be silent—instead of addressing the root cause of the problem and passing legislation to take AR-15-style weapons out of the hands of civilians?
guns  guncontrol  AR15  review  critique  health  USA  TheAtlantic  2018 
february 2018 by inspiral
When Amazon Opens Warehouses - The Atlantic
Yet in many ways, Amazon has not been a “rare and wonderful” opportunity for San Bernardino. Workers say the warehouse jobs are grueling and high-stress, and that few people are able to stay in them long enough to reap the offered benefits, many of which don’t become available until people have been with the company a year or more. Some of the jobs Amazon creates are seasonal or temporary, thrusting workers into a precarious situation in which they don’t know how many hours they’ll work a week or what their schedule will be. Though the company does pay more than the minimum wage, and offers benefits like tuition reimbursement, health care, and stock options, the nature of the work obviates many of those benefits, workers say. “It’s a step back from where we were,” said Pat Morris, the former mayor, about the jobs that Amazon offers. “But it’s a lot better than where we would otherwise be,” he said.
Amazon  employment  casualisation  review  critique  USA  TheAtlantic  2018 
february 2018 by inspiral
Charles Mann: Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People? - The Atlantic
And here is the origin of the decades-long dispute between Wizards and Prophets. Although the argument is couched in terms of calories per acre and ecosystem conservation, the disagreement at bottom is about the nature of agriculture—and, with it, the best form of society. To Borlaugians, farming is a kind of useful drudgery that should be eased and reduced as much as possible to maximize individual liberty. To Vogtians, agriculture is about maintaining a set of communities, ecological and human, that have cradled life since the first agricultural revolution, 10,000-plus years ago. It can be drudgery, but it is also work that reinforces the human connection to the Earth. The two arguments are like skew lines, not on the same plane.

My daughter is 19 now, a sophomore in college. In 2050, she will be middle-aged. It will be up to her generation to set up the institutions, laws, and customs that will provide for basic human needs in the world of 10 billion. Every generation decides the future, but the choices made by my children’s generation will resonate for as long as demographers can foresee. Wizard or Prophet? The choice will be less about what this generation thinks is feasible than what it thinks is good.
agriculture  demographics  growth  forecast  WilliamVogt  NormanBorlaug  Malthus  GreenRevolution  global  TheAtlantic  2018 
january 2018 by inspiral
The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari - The Atlantic
Allegations against the comedian are proof that women are angry, temporarily powerful—and very, very dangerous.
AzizAnsari  culture  gender  sex  sexualharassment  review  TheAtlantic  2018 
january 2018 by inspiral
'Black Mirror' Season 4 Review: 'Arkangel' - The Atlantic
Directed by Jodie Foster, the second episode of Season 4 taps into the anxieties of raising children.
Arkangel  BlackMirror  television  review  TheAtlantic  2017 
january 2018 by inspiral
'Black Mirror' Season 4 Review: 'USS Callister' - The Atlantic
The first episode of the Netflix show’s fourth season finds a new angle on tech horror through sci-fi satire.
USSCalister  BlackMirror  television  review  TheAtlantic  2017 
january 2018 by inspiral
Andrew Anglin: The Making of an American Nazi - The Atlantic
How did Andrew Anglin go from being an antiracist vegan to the alt-right’s most vicious troll and propagandist—and how might he be stopped?
AndrewAnglin  profile  altright  trolling  DailyStormer  racism  TheAtlantic  2017 
november 2017 by inspiral
What Happens When You Quit Showering? - The Atlantic
We spend two full years of our lives washing ourselves. How much of that time (and money and water) is a waste?
washing  hygiene  health  personalaccount  TheAtlantic  2016 
october 2017 by inspiral
What Facebook Did to American Democracy - The Atlantic
And yet no one could quite put it all together: The dominant social network had altered the information and persuasion environment of the election beyond recognition while taking a very big chunk of the estimated $1.4 billion worth of digital advertising purchased during the election. There were hundreds of millions of dollars of dark ads doing their work. Fake news all over the place. Macedonian teens campaigning for Trump. Ragingly partisan media infospheres serving up only the news you wanted to hear. Who could believe anything? What room was there for policy positions when all this stuff was eating up News Feed space? Who the hell knew what was going on?
Facebook  politics  media  fakenews  AltRight  Breitbart  democracy  USA  Russia  TheAtlantic  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
Google and Facebook Have Failed Us - The Atlantic
The world’s most powerful information gatekeepers neglected their duties in Las Vegas. Again.
Facebook  Google  LasVegas  shooting  webjournalism  fakenews  review  critique  TheAtlantic  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
The Coming Software Apocalypse - The Atlantic
A small group of programmers wants to change how we code—before catastrophe strikes.
software  softwaredevelopment  evolution  safety  complexity  modelbaseddesign  TLA+  TheAtlantic  2017 
september 2017 by inspiral
Substituting Beans for Beef Would Help the U.S. Meet Climate Goals - The Atlantic
In addition to the well-documented health benefits of a plant-based diet, this case also brings empowerment, or at least reprieve. Regardless of a person’s degree of ecoanxiety, there is some recourse in knowing how far individuals can go to make up for a regressive federal administration simply by eating beans.
diet  vegetarianism  beef  environment  climatechange  ecoanxiety  USA  TheAtlantic  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
How to Deal With North Korea - The Atlantic
Every option the United States has for dealing with North Korea is bad. But accepting it as a nuclear power may be the least bad.
nuclearweapons  internationalrelations  conflict  review  NorthKorea  USA  SouthKorea  TheAtlantic  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
The Golden Age of Restaurants in America - The Atlantic
The quality and variety of food in the U.S. has never been better. The business seems to be struggling. What’s really going on?
restaurants  food  growth  decline  review  trends  delivery  USA  TheAtlantic  2017 
june 2017 by inspiral
Grayson Perry's 'The Descent of Man' Captures the Tragedy of Masculinity - The Atlantic
In a pithy and insightful new book, the British artist Grayson Perry laments how ill-suited masculinity is for modern life.
masculinity  male  gender  GraysonPerry  TheAtlantic  2017 
june 2017 by inspiral
Down With Little Free Library Book Exchanges! - CityLab
Does that birdhouse filled with paperbacks on your block represent an adorable neighborhood amenity or the “corporatization of literary philanthropy”?
LittleFreeLibraries  libraries  bookexchanges  review  critique  equality  USA  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
The United States of Billy Joel - The Atlantic
The Piano Man hasn’t released a new pop album since 1993. How does he continue to sell out stadiums?
BillyJoel  music  culture  history  USA  TheAtlantic  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
The Great Retail Apocalypse of 2017 - The Atlantic
In the middle of an economic recovery, hundreds of shops and malls are shuttering. The reasons why go far beyond Amazon.
retail  decline  ecommerce  mobilecommerce  Amazon  property  restaurants  experiential  trends  USA  TheAtlantic  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Pepsi's New Ad Is a Total Success - The Atlantic
The Pepsi “Jump In” ad plays a similar trump card. In a statement, the company claims that the spot “captures the spirit and actions of those people that jump into every moment.” In so doing, according to Pepsi anyway, the brand unites people from different backgrounds around the shared delight of refreshment. For those predisposed to an apolitical reading of consumer advertising—and let’s face it, that’s most people—the result might land near its target, even if it doesn’t do so with the memorable aplomb of, say, Coca-Cola’s famous 1971 “Hilltop” ad.
Pepsi  drinks  televisionadvertising  review  critique  TheAtlantic  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women? - The Atlantic
Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women?
Tech companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to improve conditions for female employees. Here’s why not much has changed—and what might actually work.
startup  tech  SiliconValley  sexism  diversity  critique  TheAtlantic  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
The Spiritual Crisis of the Modern Economy - The Atlantic
In the absence of other sources of meaning, Americans are left with meritocracy, a game of status and success, along with the often ruthless competition it engenders. And the consequence of a perspective of self-reliance—Americans, compared to people in other countries, hold a particularly strong belief that people succeed through their own hard work—is a sense that those who fail are somehow inferior.
workingclass  white  politics  selfreliance  socialmobility  education  opportunity  religion  review  critique  grace  TheAtlantic  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
China's Threat to the U.S. - The Atlantic
The country has become repressive in a way that it has not been since the Cultural Revolution. What does its darkening political climate—and growing belligerence—mean for the United States?
China  politics  totalitarianism  censorship  internationalrelations  review  critique  forecast  TheAtlantic  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
15 Years After 9/11, Is America Any Safer? - The Atlantic
Since 9/11, the United States has spent $1 trillion to defend against al-Qaeda and ISIL, dirty bombs and lone wolves, bioterror and cyberterror. Has it worked?
HomelandSecurity  security  government  review  TheAtlantic  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
The Despair of Poor White Americans - The Atlantic
The clustering is intensifying within regions, too. Since 1980, the share of upper-income households living in census tracts that are majority upper-income, rather than scattered throughout more mixed-income neighborhoods, has doubled. The upper echelon has increasingly sought comfort in prosperous insularity, withdrawing its abundant social capital from communities that relied on that capital’s overflow, and consolidating it in oversaturated enclaves.

So why are white Americans in downwardly mobile areas feeling a despair that appears to be driving stark increases in substance abuse and suicide? In my own reporting in Vance’s home ground of southwestern Ohio and ancestral territory of eastern Kentucky, I have encountered racial anxiety and antagonism, for sure. But far more striking is the general aura of decline that hangs over towns in which medical-supply stores and pawn shops dominate decrepit main streets, and Victorians stand crumbling, unoccupied. Talk with those still sticking it out, the body-shop worker and the dollar-store clerk and the unemployed miner, and the fatalism is clear: Things were much better in an earlier time, and no future awaits in places that have been left behind by polished people in gleaming cities. The most painful comparison is not with supposedly ascendant minorities—it’s with the fortunes of one’s own parents or, by now, grandparents. The demoralizing effect of decay enveloping the place you live cannot be underestimated. And the bitterness—the “primal scorn”—that Donald Trump has tapped into among white Americans in struggling areas is aimed not just at those of foreign extraction. It is directed toward fellow countrymen who have become foreigners of a different sort, looking down on the natives, if they bother to look at all.
socialclass  whitetrash  race  inequality  polarisation  politics  TheAtlantic  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Facebook Is Not a Technology Company - The Atlantic
Every industry uses computers, software, and internet services. If that’s what “technology” means, then every company is in the technology business—a useless distinction. But it’s more likely that “technology” has become so overused, and so carelessly associated with Silicon Valley-style computer software and hardware startups, that the term has lost all meaning. Perhaps finance has exacerbated the problem by insisting on the generic industrial term “technology” as a synonym for computing.

There are companies that are firmly planted in the computing sector. Microsoft and Apple are two. Intel is another—it makes computer parts for other computer makers. But it’s also time to recognize that some companies—Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook among them—aren’t primarily in the computing business anyway. And that’s no slight, either. The most interesting thing about companies like Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook is that they are not (computing) technology companies. Instead, they are using computing infrastructure to build new—and enormous—businesses in other sectors. If anything, that’s a fair take on what “technology” might mean as a generic term: manipulating one set of basic materials to realize goals that exceed those materials.
business  classification  taxonomy  technology  tech  review  critique  TheAtlantic  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
As 'Suicide Squad' Bombs With Critics, What Can DC Comics Change to Catch up With the Marvel Universe? - The Atlantic
As Suicide Squad debuts to poor reviews, efforts to compete with Marvel are being dogged by creative issues and studio interference.
SuicideSquad  DCComics  film  movies  critique  comparison  Marvel  TheAtlantic  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Jihad vs. McWorld - The Atlantic
The two axial principles of our age—tribalism and globalism—clash at every point except one: they may both be threatening to democracy
tribalism  globalisation  democracy  trends  global  author:BenjaminRBarber  TheAtlantic  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
It's Official: Hillary Clinton Is Running Against Vladimir Putin - The Atlantic
Donald Trump, should he be elected president, would bring an end to the postwar international order, and liberate dictators, first and foremost his ally Vladimir Putin, to advance their own interests. The moral arc of the universe is long, and, if Trump is elected, it will bend in the direction of despotism and darkness.
DonaldTrump  VladimirPutin  internationalrelations  politics  Russia  USA  NATO  TheAtlantic  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
Review: USA's 'Mr Robot' Is Bleakly Cynical in Season Two - The Atlantic
USA’s acclaimed series about a mentally ill hacker indicts everyone in season two—including its audience.
MrRobot  television  review  TheAtlantic  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
The Many Kinds of ISIS 'Affiliation' - The Atlantic
In the space of minutes, Omar Mateen transformed from an “ordinary” mass shooter into a global terrorist.
OmarMateen  Orlando  guns  terrorism  ISIS  review  TheAtlantic  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Ev Williams is The Forrest Gump of the Internet - The Atlantic
That is the Medium appeal, in a nutshell. Keeping everything from being shit. It wants to do so by adopting many of the tics and habits of the original blogosphere—the intertextuality, the back-and-forth, the sense of amateurism—without being the open web. It will use its own custom metrics, like time-spent-reading, to decide who sees what stories; and it will tend to show your friends something if you “recommend” it. Medium, yes, will just be another platform, but it will run the open web in an emulator.
EvWilliams  profile  interview  Medium  openweb  webjournalism  Twitter  Blogger  internet  TheAtlantic  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Trump's Disregard for Data: Another Challenge for the GOP - The Atlantic
s Republican wrestle with the Trump nomination and what it means for the party, some leaders have suggested that the party concentrate on House and Senate races, and try to distance itself from its presidential nominee. What if Trump goes through with his no-data pledge? Will the RNC turn away from the Trump campaign and let him sink or swim on the force of his charisma? Or will the party bite the bullet and try to fill in the gaps?
DonaldTrump  Republicans  data  BigData  elections  review  TheAtlantic  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
The Seven Deadly Social Networks - The Atlantic
Almost five years ago, in a soliloquy transcribed by The Wall Street Journal, Reid Hoffman suggested a comprehensive theory of social-network success.

“Social networks do best when they tap into one of the seven deadly sins,” the LinkedIn co-founder and venture capitalist said. “Zynga is sloth. LinkedIn is greed. With Facebook, it’s vanity, and how people choose to present themselves to their friends.”
socialmedia  sins  socialnetworking  lust  greed  gluttony  sloth  wrath  envy  pride  author:RobinsonMeyer  TheAtlantic  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Erik Sandberg-Diment and the Perils of Predicting the Future of Technology - The Atlantic
“Like most kids in the ’50s and ’60s, I was impressed by computers when they first came out,” he said. “The best I can say is I expected something more and I expected something less. My techie friends are going to kill me, but I did not expect the isolation and the reduction of humanity.”
ErikSandbergDiment  profile  interview  forecast  future  computers  technology  review  TheAtlantic  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
The 9/11 Immunity Bill, the 28 Pages, and the Ever More Complicated U.S. Relationship With Saudi Arabia - The Atlantic
Just as President Obama prepares to travel to Riyadh, the kingdom has threatened to withdraw hundreds of billions in investments over a Senate bill related to 9/11.
USA  SaudiArabia  internationalrelations  9/11  legal  politics  TheAtlantic  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
The Hell After ISIS - The Atlantic
Even as the militant group loses ground in Iraq, many Sunnis say they have no hope for peace. One family’s story shows why.
Iraq  ISIS  Sunni  Shiite  conflict  personalaccount  TheAtlantic  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus - The Atlantic
Attempts to shield students from words, ideas, and people that might cause them emotional discomfort are bad for the students. They are bad for the workplace, which will be mired in unending litigation if student expectations of safety are carried forward. And they are bad for American democracy, which is already paralyzed by worsening partisanship. When the ideas, values, and speech of the other side are seen not just as wrong but as willfully aggressive toward innocent victims, it is hard to imagine the kind of mutual respect, negotiation, and compromise that are needed to make politics a positive-sum game.

Rather than trying to protect students from words and ideas that they will inevitably encounter, colleges should do all they can to equip students to thrive in a world full of words and ideas that they cannot control. One of the great truths taught by Buddhism (and Stoicism, Hinduism, and many other traditions) is that you can never achieve happiness by making the world conform to your desires. But you can master your desires and habits of thought. This, of course, is the goal of cognitive behavioral therapy. With this in mind, here are some steps that might help reverse the tide of bad thinking on campus.
politicalcorrectness  microaggressions  triggerwarnings  education  tertiaryeducation  critique  USA  author:GregLukianoff  author:JonathanHaidt  TheAtlantic  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life - The Atlantic
Considering the constant fatalities, rampant pollution, and exorbitant costs of ownership, there is no better word to characterize the car’s dominance than insane.
automative  critique  safety  pollution  cost  USA  review  TheAtlantic  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
How to Understand Alibaba, ‘The House That Jack Ma Built’ - The Atlantic
During the years my wife Deb and I lived in China, we became friends with Duncan Clark, an investment banker, consultant, and writer based in Beijing. For the past few years I’ve known that he was at work on a biography of Jack Ma, this era’s most renowned Chinese entrepreneur.

That book, Alibaba and the House that Jack Ma Built, comes out this week.  I’ve read it; I recommend it; and I think it tells a lot not just about Ma and his sprawling, remarkable Alibaba firm but also about the potential, the limits, and the character of modern China.

I sent Duncan Clark a list of three questions that his portrait of Jack Ma provoked for me. Below you’ll see those questions, and his (very interesting) answers. In a few days I’ll send him a round of follow-ups — and Duncan has offered to answer (within reason!) questions from readers as well. Please send them to hello@theatlantic.com; we’ll pass them to Duncan Clark and extend the conversation here.
DuncanClark  interview  JackMa  Alibaba  China  ecommerce  profile  growth  review  economy  politics  TheAtlantic  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Lotteries: America's $70 Billion Shame - The Atlantic
People spent more money playing the lottery last year than on books, video games, and tickets for movies and sporting events combined.
gambling  lottery  revenues  USA  TheAtlantic  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Pew Report: Young, Rich, Educated People Are Most Likely to Have Internet Access - The Atlantic
All over the world, the people who spend the most time online tend to be young, educated, and wealthy. Yet even among older people who have lower incomes and less education, smartphone adoption and Internet usage continues to climb dramatically.

Those were some of the big takeaways from a new Pew Research Center report on global Internet use on Monday. In nearly every country analyzed, in both developed nations and emerging economies, Pew found Millennials (people between the ages of 18 and 34) were much more likely to be Internet and smartphone users compared with those who are 35 and older. “The size of the gap varies by country,” the report says, “but the pattern is universal.”
Internet  penetration  demographics  global  country  review  PewInternet  PewResearch  TheAtlantic  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
How San Francisco's Progressive Politics Led to Its Housing Affordability Crisis - CityLab
As the city got more and more expensive, progressive housing policy shifted gradually to a sad, rearguard movement to protect the people already here from being displaced. No longer would San Francisco even try to remain open as a refuge for immigrants and radicals from around the world. The San Francisco Left could never come to terms with its central contradiction of being against the creation of more “places” that would give new people the chance to live in the city. Once San Francisco was no longer open to freaks and dissidents, immigrants and refugees, because it was deemed to be “full,” it could no longer fulfill its progressive values, could no longer do anything for the people who weren’t already here.
SanFrancisco  housing  politics  review  critique  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
New Research: Bike-Share Systems in 7 U.S. Cities Aren't Reaching the Poor - CityLab
This study provides quantitative measures that backup many recent suggestions and concerns that there are equity and access issues relation to bikeshare system design and station location. A statistically significant difference in the race, education level, and income was found [in] Chicago, Denver, Seattle and New York City. Boston did not show differences in the means of age or education, but it did show race and income disparities. Washington DC and Arlington were the most equitable among the variables and cities in this study, but did show differences in household income variables. In all cases, the traditionally more disadvantaged groups had less access to bikeshare.
bikeshare  cycling  access  discrimination  income  education  racism  research  USA  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
What Will Replace Email? - The Atlantic
That love may not be all that weird, though—especially as email’s competitors, with push notifications, become more annoying. Email works. It’s open. It’s lovely on mobile. And as other forms of communication theoretically lighten the burden email places on people, perhaps it will become more tolerable again. The guilt people often associate with email is, after all, not technological. (Remember, telephone answering machines produced a similar wave of “paranoia and guilt” when the devices were new, according to a 1979 New York Times article.) “That has to be a human feature,” said Tomlinson, the man who sent the first email. “Email does not produce guilt.”
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january 2016 by inspiral
The Latest Scourge of London Gentrification Is Black Storefronts With Tiny White Signs - CityLab
You'll need to squint to make out what these self-consciously twee retailers are actually saying.
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