How Napoléon III Used Photography As Propaganda To Hide The Horror Of His New Paris

How Napoléon III Used Photography As Propaganda To Hide The Horror Of His New Paris

Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, ruler of France from 1848 to 1870, was “the most enthusiastic supporter of photography in all of Europe”. Yet , photographs, even of bridges or hospitals, are never neutral: they are a tissue of the choices made by the photographer. In choosing to tell one truth, photographers can obscure many others.The Conversation

Why Are Americans Buying More Guns Than Ever?

Why Are Americans Buying More Guns Than Ever?

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and protests for racial justice, the gun industry’s trade association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, estimates that gun sales from March through July were 8.5 million.

Why Companies Were So Quick To Endorse Black Lives Matter

Why Companies Were So Quick To Endorse Black Lives Matter

Not too long ago, few companies paid much attention to Black Lives Matter. Today, in the wake of the George Floyd protests, it seems as if most major companies including Apple, Amazon and Facebook have endorsed the movement

How A Dismantled Post Office Destroys More Than Mail Service

How A Dismantled Post Office Destroys More Than Mail Service

The U.S. Postal Service is under threat of collapse and privatization. This comes after years of federal political maneuvering that has effectively depleted revenues and staffing – issues now amplified by new cuts to overtime worker pay and slowed delivery.

Is America A Failing State? How A Superpower Has Been Brought To The Brink

Is America A Failing State? How A Superpower Has Been Brought To The Brink

Today, the US is not dominant, it is in crisis: convulsed by riots and protest, riven by a virus that has galloped away from those charged with overseeing it, and heading into a presidential election led by a man that has possibly divided the nation like no other before him.

A Field Guide To Trump's Dangerous Rhetoric

A Field Guide To Trump's Dangerous Rhetoric

The fundamental difference between leaders who are good demagogues and leaders who are dangerous demagogues is found in the answer to this simple question:

What Are The Reopen Protesters Really Saying?

What Are The Reopen Protesters Really Saying?

The “anti-lockdown” and #Reopen protests in the U.S. have powerful and secretive backers, but there are real Americans on the streets expressing their opinions.

3 Crisis Leadership Lessons From Abraham Lincoln

3 Crisis Leadership Lessons From Abraham Lincoln

In March 1861, as Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as president, the United States faced its greatest crisis: its sudden and unexpected dissolution. Seven of the then 31 states had already voted to secede from the Union.

How The Civic Health Is Being Tested

How The Civic Health Is Being Tested

The immediate concerns of the coronavirus are clear: an unprecedented health crisis and economic devastation.

What Does Thanksgiving Mean to Native Americans?

What Does Thanksgiving Mean to Native Americans?
There are always two sides of a story. Unfortunately, when it comes to the history of Thanksgiving, generations of Americans have been taught a one-sided history in homes and schools.

Is The United States On The Brink Of A Revolution?

Is The United States On The Brink Of A Revolution?
Political scientists have historically been bad at foreseeing the most important developments. Few of us guessed the end of the Cold War; almost no one saw the Arab Spring coming.

Untangling Tattoos' Influence On Immune Response

Untangling Tattoos' Influence On Immune Response
I lay on the mat of the open-air bungalow in Apia, Samoa, looking up at a gecko. As its tail quivered, I felt a sympathetic twitch in my leg. Su’a Sulu’ape Paulo III, the sixth-generation Samoan hand-tap tattoo master leaning over me, paused to see if my movement was due to pain.

How Will Future Generations Remember Our Time?

How Will Future Generations Remember Our Time?

How will future generations remember our time? As the time when climate chaos, peak oil, and an unstable global economy unraveled society, or as the time of a Great Turning?

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.

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