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Don’t Blame Twitter for the “Post-Idea” Age

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Don’t Blame Twitter for the “Post-Idea” Age

Writing in a recent New York Times Sunday review column, Neal Gabler takes note of the The Atlantic’s list of the “14 Biggest Ideas of the Year”: Take a deep breath. The ideas include “The Players Own the Game” (No. 12), “Wall Street: Same as it Ever Was” (No. 6), “Nothing Stays Secret” (No. 2), […]

Why So Unserious?

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Why So Unserious?

A piece in the The New York Times reviews a recent book by Lee Siegel, Are You Serious?: How to Be True and Get Real in the Age of Silly. Surveying a variety of examples from both high and popular culture, Siegel claims that in our age, we no longer know how to be “serious”: […]

The Great Health Care Squabble: A Battle of Ideas?

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The Great Health Care Squabble: A Battle of Ideas?

Are those who oppose health care reform simply racist?  Or perhaps just trying to fill their unemployment-related free time?  Two articles recently appearing in the New York Times offer just such accounts of what motivates the Tea Party protesters and other vocal opponents of the new health care legislation In “The Rage Is Not About […]