Here's How We Can All Reduce Racism Online

Here's How We Can All Reduce Racism Online

Have you ever considered that what you type into Google, or the ironic memes you laugh at on Facebook, might be building a more dangerous online environment?

Awakening From The Trance Of Mad Objectivity and The Myth of Mastery

Awakening From The Trance Of Mad Objectivity and The Myth of Mastery
The ancient understanding of the universe was as a unified whole. Parmenides described the universe as a single, unified block of being. Then Plato split apart this unity with his ontological distinction between Heaven and Earth. Descartes’s mind-body dualism further removed humanity from nature by excluding consciousness from the natural world.

What Actually Is This Thing Called Populism?

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No doubt thanks to Donald Trump, Brexit, and a string of anti-establishment leaders and parties in Europe, Latin America and Asia, everyone seems to be talking about populism

What Is Casual Racism? There Is Nothing Casual About Racism

What Is Casual Racism?The term “casual racism” has emerged over the last couple of years in media coverage reporting on more extreme forms of interpersonal racism, such as racist slang and racist diatribes on public transport.

How To Deal With The Daily Media Dose Of The Grotesque

How To Deal With The Daily Media Dose Of The Grotesque
Videos showing hostage beheadings by terrorists, a photograph of a model’s emaciated body to denounce anorexia in the fashion industry or, more recently, the image of a dying polar bear to call the attention to the consequences of climate change.

Why Racism Is So Hard To Define And Even Harder To Understand

Why Racism Is So Hard To Define And Even Harder To Understand
Today, what can be defined as racism and what cannot has become a matter for debate. Every racist caught in the act, whether it be wrongly accusing a black child of sexual assault or running over and killing a mosque-goer, claims not to be racist.

How Local Journalism Can Upend Fake News

How Local Journalism Can Upend Fake News“For the first time media is the least trusted institution globally,” Edelman, the global PR and marketing firm concluded in its annual worldwide study on trust in institutions like the media, business and government.

The Spiritual Universe: Moving Beyond Materialism and Saving the World

The Spiritual Universe: Moving Beyond Materialism and Saving the WorldI would like to put forward an argument that at the moment a cultural shift is occurring, and the metaphysical paradigm of materialism is fading away. I also want to emphasise how important it is - for the future of our own species and for our planet as a whole - that this shift comes to full fruition, and that the materialist paradigm is transcended by a spiritual worldview.

Why The Enlightenment Was Not The Age Of Reason

Why The Enlightenment Was Not The Age Of ReasonOn either side of the Atlantic, groups of public intellectuals have issued a call to arms. The besieged citadel in need of defending, they say, is the one that safeguards science, facts and evidence-based policy.

How Research Is Helping To Reduce Prejudice Between People Online

How Research Is Helping To Reduce Prejudice Between People OnlineThe internet often gets a bad rap, and for good reason. Social media use can contribute to poorer mental health in teens. It can also be used to manipulate users’ emotions, and to disseminate misinformation and click bait to sway public opinion.

How Anti-Semitic Stereotypes From A Century Ago Echo Today

How Anti-Semitic Stereotypes From A Century Ago Echo TodayIn my research, I have been studying the anti-Semitic images that were commonplace in Vienna early last century. These stereotyped images served to vilify Jewish people, culminating in the removal of most of the Jews from Vienna in 1938.

Why Young Women Say No To Rural Living

Why Young Women Say No To Rural LivingWhen it comes to migration trends, young people aged 15-24 are among the most itinerant in Australia. According to the 2016 census statistics, slightly more than half (50.5%) of people in this age bracket changed their residence in the five-year period from 2011-2016.

Telling The Truth As A Means Of Healing

Telling The Truth As A Means Of Healing
A new documentary shows how one state is confronting Native American child removal. We are left to ponder: Whom is this truth-telling for? Is it to educate White people on colonial violence and how it continues to harm indigenous communities in Maine, or is it for the Native participants to heal and be heard? Can it simultaneously be both?

How Safe Is Your Place Of Worship?

How Safe Is Your Place Of Worship?
Many Americans may be wondering what security measures are in place at their place of worship after 11 people were killed in Oct. 27 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Our survey found that synagogues and mosques were three times more likely than congregations overall to have received an explicit threat in the prior year.

Data On Canadian Immigrants From "Sh**hole" Countries Might Surprise You

Data On Canadian Immigrants From "Sh**hole" Countries Might Surprise You
Defenders of Donald Trump say his “shithole countries” remark regarding people from Africa, Haiti and other nations was just Trump being Trump — the president may have used salty language, but it’s really just his way of saying the United States should have a merit-based immigration system like Canada’s.

Pittsburgh's Lesson: Hatred Does Not Emerge In A Vacuum

Pittsburgh's Lesson: Hatred Does Not Emerge In A Vacuum
Fueled by virulent anti-Semitism, the Sabbath peace was shattered when 11 members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community were murdered in a synagogue where they had gathered to celebrate a birth, to pray and to study.

Why Successful Leaders Prioritize Their Moral Compass

Why Successful Leaders Prioritize Their Moral Compass
Leaders who value morality outperform their unethical peers, regardless of industry, company size, or role, according to new research. But because we all define a “moral leader” differently, leaders who try to do good may face unexpected difficulties.

What To Do If A Border Agent Demands Access To Your Digital Device

What To Do If A Border Agent Demands Access To Your Digital Device
Imagine returning home to Australia or New Zealand after a long-haul flight, exhausted and red-eyed. You’ve just reclaimed your baggage after getting through immigration when you’re stopped by a customs officer who demands you hand over your smartphone and the password.

Battles Over Patriotism, Pledge Of Allegiance In Schools Span A Century

Battles Over Patriotism, Pledge Of Allegiance In Schools Span A Century

When a California school principal called controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick an “anti-American thug” for his protests during the national anthem at NFL football games, passions were inflamed anew over whether patriotism should be taught in America’s schools.

Is Our Shared Reality Fraying

Is Our Shared Reality Fraying

What’s different is that in the past, debates about the status of truth primarily took place in intellectual cafes and academic symposia among philosophers. These days, uncertainty about what to believe is endemic – a pervasive feature of everyday life for everyday people.

3 Ways Teenagers Are Misrepresented In Society

3 Ways Teenagers Are Misrepresented In Society
Popular ideas about teenagers are often polarized: from lazy, immature school kids who love to wake up late, to threatening gangs of youths dressed in hoodies, to reckless children who need to be protected from their own stupid decisions. None of these descriptions are necessarily wrong but they do show how many conflicting ideas exist about teenagers in society.

People Who See Men And Women As Fundamentally Different Are More Likely To Accept Workplace Discrimination

People Who See Men And Women As Fundamentally Different Are More Likely To Accept Workplace Discrimination
How should people who care about gender equality in the workplace argue their case? The most popular approach is to make the “business case” argument: that greater inclusion of women enhances profits and performance. The inclusion of women benefits the organization, it suggests, because women bring uniquely female skills and perspectives that complement those of men.

Aldous Huxley’s Dystopian Vision and Donald Trump’s Brave New World

Aldous Huxley’s Dystopian Vision and Donald Trump’s Brave New World
The crass, three-ring-circus texture of the current crowd in Washington recalls the degraded America depicted in Mike Judge’s 2006 cinematic farce Idiocracy. However, the English writer Aldous Huxley’s 1932 classic Brave New World might provide the best dystopian gloss on our contemporary predicament.

How Asian American Firstborns See Their Family Role

How Asian American Firstborns See Their Family Role
When compared to European Americans, Asian-American firstborns feel the additional burden of being cultural brokers and having to take care of their immigrant parents and young siblings at the same time, research suggests. The study explores how both groups—ages 18 to 25—viewed sibling relationships, their birth order, and family relations.

Sex Education Lessons From Mississippi And Nigeria

Sex Education Lessons From Mississippi And Nigeria
Nigeria and Mississippi are a world apart physically, but the rural American state and the African country have much in common when it comes to the obstacles they had to overcome to implement sex education in their schools.

How Roe V. Wade Changed The Lives Of American Women

How Roe V. Wade Changed The Lives Of American Women
The U.S. Supreme Court granted women an essential degree of reproductive freedom on on Jan. 22, 1973, by supporting the right to terminate a pregnancy under specific conditions.

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Max Weber’s famous text The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1905) is surely one of the most misunderstood of all the canonical works regularly taught, mangled and revered in universities across the globe.

The Slippery Slope Of Dehumanizing Language

The Slippery Slope Of Dehumanizing Language
Comparing people to animals seems to increasingly be a part of our political discourse. In a range of studies, psychologists have been able to show how dehumanizing messages can influence how we think about and treat people.

How Sexism Makes Women Sick

How Sexism Makes Women Sick
Recent social movements such as the Women’s March, #MeToo, #TimesUp, #BalanceTonPorc (#OutYourPig), and #SayHerName draw attention to the broad spectrum gender-related violence that is pervasive in the United States and around the world.

Why Bullshit Hurts Democracy More Than Lies

Why Bullshit Hurts Democracy More Than Lies
Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, members of his administration have made many statements best described as misleading.

Our Potential Destiny: Co-Creating A Truly Magnificent Future For Earth

Our Potential Destiny: Co-Creating A Truly Magnificent Future For Earth
Clearly, we do not live in a “one for all and all for one” world. Yes, there are some hopeful indicators that pockets of this thinking exist here and there, and it is most encouraging. But, there is much more evidence that “every man for himself” behavior rules the day still on planet Earth, and this could be our undoing as a species if it continues to dominate the behavior of many humans...

Why Can't We See The Five-Hundred-Pound Gorilla In The Room?

Why Can't We See The Five-Hundred-Pound Gorilla In The Room?
Jane Goodall refers to Ervin Laszlo’s observation that most people are evolved enough to know that they need to change, but not evolved enough to know what change they need. Thus, the hardest problem of all might be, as Laszlo states, that many people, including even scientists, do not see what they do not believe.

Women’s Writing Has Long Been A Thorn In The Side Of The Male Literary Establishment

Women’s Writing Has Long Been A Thorn In The Side Of The Male Literary Establishment
Women’s writing has long been a thorn in the side of the male literary establishment. From fears in the late 18th century that reading novels – particularly written by women – would be emotionally and physically dangerous for women, to the Brontë sisters publishing initially under male pseudonyms, to...

Does America Have A Caste System?

Does America Have A Caste System?
In the United States, inequality tends to be framed as an issue of either class, race or both. Consider, for example, criticism that Republicans’ new tax plan is a weapon of “class warfare,” or accusations that the recent U.S. government shutdown was racist.

Re-criminalizing Cannabis Is Worse Than 1930s Reefer Madness

Re-criminalizing Cannabis Is Worse Than 1930s Reefer Madness
In the 1930s, parents across the U.S. were panicked. A new documentary, “Reefer Madness,” suggested that evil marijuana dealers lurked in public schools, waiting to entice their children into a life of crime and degeneracy.

Automation, Robots And The End Of Work Myth

Automation, Robots And The End Of Work Myth
Can you imagine traveling to work in a robotic “Jonnycab” like the one predicted in the cult Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Total Recall?

How Untrustworthy Memories Make It Hard To Shop Ethically

How Untrustworthy Memories Make It Hard To Shop EthicallyImagine a shopper, Sarah, who is concerned about child labor and knows about groups like the Fair Wear Foundation that certify which brands sell ethically produced clothing.

How Gendered Language Shapes The Way We See The World

How Gendered Language Shapes The Way We See The WorldIs water male or female – and does it really matter? English does not allocate gender to words. Although some things, ships and countries for example, often have feminine associations, there are no grammatical rules to make something either male or female.

How To Overcome Phallus Obsessed, Toxic Masculinity

How To Overcome Phallus Obsessed, Toxic MasculinityMasculinity is often, these days, described as “toxic”. In May, Hillary Clinton spoke at a gala where “toxic masculinity” cocktails were reported to have been served. Toxic masculinity even has its own Wikipedia entry.

Why Radicalisation Is Not Just A Terrorist Tactic

Why Radicalisation Is Not Just A Terrorist TacticThe word radicalisation has been hijacked by the war on terror and become interchangeable with extremism. But radicalisation is happening in our towns and cities every day as marginalised teenagers and children – left isolated from opportunity – join street gangs.

Does Pornography Foster Harassment And Abuse?

Does Pornography Foster Harassment And Abuse?Does pornography foster harassment and abuse? That was the question posed by a recent New York Times editorial, in the wake of allegations and debate about endemic harassment, objectification, and abuse of women.

The Trump Effect In Canada: A 600 Per Cent Increase In Online Hate Speech

The Trump Effect In Canada: A 600 Per Cent Increase In Online Hate SpeechUnder Hitler, Germany experienced the consequences of a nation caving in to propaganda and hate speech. This may explain its government’s urgency to enact a new law, known as the “Facebook Act,” in response to the recent alarming rise of hate speech online.

Powerful Men Have Tried To Silence Abused Women Since Medieval Times

Powerful Men Have Tried To Silence Abused Women Since Medieval TimesIn the wake of the numerous accusations of sexual predation, the endemic issue of the harassment and abuse of women is finally causing a stir. It may seem like a new matter to some, but the coming forward of countless women has merely raised age-old questions about women’s voices.

The US Is Racked With Impossible Divisions Over Rights And Freedoms

The US Is Racked With Impossible Divisions Over Rights And FreedomsIn the immediate aftermath of the October 2 Las Vegas massacre – the US’s 273rd mass shooting in 2017 alone – it seems neither President Donald Trump nor his Republican colleagues will entertain a review of current gun legislation in America.

6 Things To Know About Mass Shootings In America

6 Things To Know About Mass Shootings In AmericaAs a criminologist, I have reviewed recent research in hopes of debunking some of the common misconceptions I hear creeping into discussions that spring up whenever a mass shooting occurs.

5 Ways Donald Trump Is Rolling Back The Obama Years

5 Ways Donald Trump Is Rolling Back The Obama YearsIn the absence of any clear ideology associated with Donald Trump’s US presidency, it does seem he has at least one obvious priority that transcends the hype and spin: he is determined to undo his predecessor’s legacy.

Awakening to a New Choice -- A Choice to Do Good

Awakening to a New Choice -- A Choice to Do GoodThe way I see it, there are two paths we can choose to take. One leads to further conflict, and the other takes us toward greater compassion and peace. I believe that on a whole, we're becom­ing tired of negativity, and we're consciously look­ing to find ways to effect positive change...

What Being Stuck Between Two Cultures Can Do To A Person's Psyche

What Being Stuck Between Two Cultures Can Do To A Person's PsycheWhat is the recipe for long-term happiness? One crucial ingredient cited by many people is closeness in their social relationships. Very happy people have strong and fulfilling relationships.

Why People Believe In Conspiracy Theories

Why People Believe In Conspiracy TheoriesI’m sitting on a train when a group of football fans streams on. Fresh from the game – their team has clearly won – they occupy the empty seats around me. One picks up a discarded newspaper and chuckles derisively as she reads about the latest “alternative facts” peddled by Donald Trump.

The Homegrown Terror Threat On The Right

The Homegrown Terror Threat On The RightTerrorism is a form of psychological warfare. Most terrorist groups promote their agenda through violence that shapes perceptions of political and social issues.

Why We Hanker For The Old Ways And The Good Old Days

Why We Hanker For The Old Ways And The Good Old DaysThe children come home from school to be greeted by their mother, who is wearing an apron. They then go off to play with their neighbourhood friends, from families very like their own.

The Healing Power Of Hip Hop and Rap

The Healing Power Of Hip HopLast year, New York’s then police commissioner Willam Bratton was quick to blame rap music and the culture around it for a fatal backstage shooting at a concert by the rapper T.I. Ignoring wider issues of gun control, Bratton pointed at “the crazy world of the so-called rap artists” that “basically celebrates the violence”.

How Empathy Can Make Or Break A Troll

How Empathy Can Make Or Break A TrollSinger-songwriter Ed Sheeran recently announced he had quit Twitter because he was sick of internet trolls.

Why Do Conservatives Want The Government To Defund The Arts?

Why Do Conservatives Want The Government To Defund The Arts?Recent reports indicate that Trump administration officials have circulated plans to defund the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), putting this agency on the chopping block – again.

How The 1950s Racism Helped Make Pat Boone A Rock Star

How The 1950s Racism Helped Make Pat Boone A Rock Star
If music historians, not critics, chose which acts to induct into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the selections would likely differ, says Richard Aquila. They might even include Pat Boone.

The Fake News That Sealed The Fate Of Antony And Cleopatra

The Fake News That Sealed The Fate Of Antony And CleopatraThe papers and social media are today full of claims of fake news; back and forth the accusations fly that one side of the political divide in the US has been filling the world with lies in order to discredit the other.

Does Nonpartisan Journalism Even Have A Future?

Does Nonpartisan Journalism Even Have A Future?The nonpartisan model of journalism is built around the norm of covering politics as though both parties are equally guilty of all offenses.

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