Ben Rudes

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Why Orwell’s 1984 could be about now

Audiences around the world are re-reading George Orwell’s 1984, which is ‘a handbook for difficult times’, writes Jean Seaton.<p>Reading 1984, George Orwell’s claustrophobic fable of totalitarianism, is still a shock. First comes the start of recognition: we recognise what he describes. Doublethink …

Literature

Trump and Obama have one surprising thing in common – the words they use

Six months have passed since Donald Trump entered the Oval Office.<p>His administration remains deeply understaffed. His legislative agenda is stymied. …

Can you separate the artist from the art?

A museum acknowledges an artist it features was a serial sexual abuser – it’s very rare for the art world to put work in this context, writes Fisun Güner.<p>Just how true is the following statement: an artist’s work should have value in its own right, no matter what sort of life the artist led, and …

Art

Aboriginal legends reveal ancient secrets to science

<b>Scientists are beginning to tap into a wellspring of knowledge buried in the ancient stories of Australia's Aboriginal peoples. But the loss of indigenous languages could mean it is too late to learn from them.</b><p>The Luritja people, native to the remote deserts of central Australia, once told stories …

Australia

Why Men Quit and Women Don’t

This year’s Boston Marathon, with its horizontal rain and freezing temperatures, wasn’t just an ordeal unfolding amid some of the worst weather in decades.<p>It was also an example of women’s ability to persevere in exceptionally miserable circumstances. In good weather, men typically drop out of this …

TV is not dying – it’s lies, damn lies and bad media statistics

It’s the first rule in propaganda: if you want people to believe a lie, then just repeat it over and over again.<p>For some 15 years, marketers have …

Digital Marketing

Relax and Let Your Kids Indulge in TV

SYDNEY, Australia — My mother blames my father. Born before television arrived in Australia, let alone the coastal towns and logging villages where he grew up, he never tired of its novelty. From the first time he glimpsed it in snowy black and white on a visit to the city in 1960, he was taken by …

Zuckerberg certainly convinced me - to log off Facebook for good, that is | Emma Brockes

I felt little more than distaste for the tech mogul. Then I saw him before Congress, and the effect was immediate<p>I hate Facebook as much as the next person, but prior to this week I had no intention of boycotting it. The gesture would, I told myself, be both meaningless and totally unrealistic. I …

What is this thing we call science? Here's one definition ...

It might have been the 16th century philosopher Francis Bacon who coined the term "science", but even if it wasn't, the word must have come into common usage around his time, in the western world at least.<p>Perhaps with an eye on that, the Science Council has seen fit to spend a year working out a …

It's Not Just A Phase: Why We Need More Bisexuality In Television And Film

“Bisexuals are greedy.”<p>Some may say it as a joke, but talk to anybody who identifies as the ‘B’ in the LGBTIQ banner, and you can guarantee they’ve …

Bisexuality

The Death Of The Boys Club: Is This A Golden Age For Women In The Comics Industry?

In 1994, a group of women working in the comics industry founded a non-profit called Friends Of Lulu to support and promote women reading and making …

Swimwear

What Netflix's 'Stranger Things' Gets Right About Spielberg Kids And '80s Suburbia

As soon as <i>Stranger Things</i> began and descended into a suburban basement, all wood-panelling and shag carpet, where a <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i>-esque campaign …

Steven Spielberg

Colleen McCullough: we'll celebrate a woman for anything, as long as it's not her talent

Obituaries are a funny thing. How do you sum up a person’s entire life in just a few words? How do you put their essence on a page, touching on their achievements, and their greatest moments, while also keeping it personal? The first paragraph seems to be crucial. When Bryce Courtenay, one of …

Books

Don’t let the maverick act fool you – Jeremy Clarkson’s the ultimate insider

Jeremy Clarkson, voice of the people/mega-sized tool (delete as appropriate to you, dear reader) has, you might have heard, got himself into a spot of trouble – again! The wee scamp. He’s such a rebel, you know. It’s really great to have Jeremy fighting in our corner for that under-represented …

The 'Dear Fat People' video is tired, cruel and lazy – but I still fight for the woman who made it

Canadian comedian Nicole Arbour thinks she’s ‘hella brave’ for telling fat people to eat less and exercise more. Here’s my message for any woman who agrees with her …<p>I didn’t know who Nicole Arbour was until this past weekend, when everyone I’ve ever met including my childhood dentist and your mom …

Breaking up (with my smartphone) is hard to do

I’m following a 30-day plan to wean me off it. I leave it in another room and, like an 18th-century gentleman, reply to messages only once a day<p>There is something wrong with my phone, and it is not just that the predictive text feature thinks I’m obsessed with ducks. The real problem is that my …

Social Media

How reliable is the knowledge provided by our senses?

There are many different theories about how our senses actually work. Initially, that may seem surprising: surely our senses just communicate what’s …

TED Talks

20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decisions

You’ve always considered yourself a sound decision-maker. From that heavily researched car that you drove to work this morning to the carefully …

Cognition

A Superhero Power for Our Time: How to Handle the Truth

<i>“What one does when faced with the truth is more difficult than you would think.” — Wonder Woman, in the movie released last month.</i><p>This goes for all of us, not just superheroes.<p>The nuances of how people react when faced with the truth have come into focus in today’s increasingly polarized political …

Trump, Failure of Prediction, and Lessons for Data Scientists

<b>By Gregory Piatetsky, KDnuggets.</b><p>Just before the Nov 8, 2016 election, most pollsters gave Clinton an edge of ~3% in popular vote. Nate Silver' …

Bret Stephens’ First Column for the New York Times Is Classic Climate Change Denialism

The weekend after the <i>New York Times</i> announced it was hiring Bret Stephens—a conservative formerly of the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> whom some consider a …

How a Humble Pineapple Became Art

LONDON — How did a pineapple become a postmodern masterpiece?<p>The aesthetic merits of tropical fruit inadvertently entered Britain’s national cultural conversation after two students jokingly placed a store-bought pineapple on an empty table at an art exhibition this month at Robert Gordon …