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Huxley Predicted the Future of Education

Sensible and reasonable people often disagree on the purpose of education.<p>As we’ve seen, men as renowned as Cicero and Benjamin Franklin believed the …

Education

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit …

China

When Smug Liberals Met Conservative Trolls

It’s hard to tell who started it.<p>Was it the populist right, reared in the meme swamps of Reddit and 4chan, who emerged blinking into the daylight of politics and set about baiting anyone who disagreed with their chosen Republican king?<p>Or was it liberals, cozy in their elite enclaves on the coasts, …

Real Men Get Rejected, Too

Once when I was a teenager, my mother called me from the mall because a man was masturbating in the parking lot she needed to walk through to get home. Could I come get her?<p>My mother was small, but not easily intimidated. I had seen her tell off leering men in forceful Puerto Rican Spanish. So if …

In Praise of Equipoise

The Lebanese-born writer Amin Maalouf made an interesting point about identity: Other people often pick ours for us. The anti-Semite elevates the Jewish consciousness in the Jew. The Sunni radical elevates Shiite consciousness in the Shiite.<p>“People often see themselves in terms of whichever one of …

The Retreat to Tribalism

Imagine three kids running around a maypole, forming a chain with their arms. The innermost kid is holding the pole with one hand. The faster they run, the more centrifugal force there is tearing the chain apart. The tighter they grip, the more centripetal force there is holding the chain together. …

Pew Research Center

Checking My Male Privilege

With the recent rash of high-profile accusations of sexual harassment and assault — from Harvey Weinstein to George H. W. Bush to Mark Halperin — I found myself feeling shocked at the pervasiveness of this sort of behavior, and embarrassed that I was shocked.<p>After all, I know all the data.<p>According …

The Boys Are Not All Right

I used to have this one-liner: “If you want to emasculate a guy friend, when you’re at a restaurant, ask him everything that he’s going to order, and then when the waitress comes … order for him.” It’s funny because it shouldn’t be that easy to rob a man of his masculinity — but it is.<p>Last week, 17 …

The Making of a No. 1 YouTube Conspiracy Video After the Parkland Tragedy

YouTube’s list of “Trending” videos typically includes funny clips, updates from popular YouTube personalities, movie trailers and viral TV segments. On Wednesday, for a brief time, the No. 1 trending video on YouTube featured David Hogg, a survivor of the massacre last week at Marjory Stoneman …

Internet

NRA Usually Shuts Up After Mass Shootings. Not This Time.

The NRA may be quiet in public in the days following the latest mass school shooting—but its online TV outlet has not missed a beat.<p>Immediately …

Guns

The Logan Paul YouTube controversy and what we should expect from internet platforms

When users abuse a platform, who is responsible?<p>What do we expect of content moderation? And what do we expect of platforms?<p>Last week, Logan Paul, a 22-year-old YouTube star with 15 million-plus subscribers, posted a controversial video that brought these questions into focus. Paul’s videos, a …

Four 2026 Olympic Bid Cities To Travel To PyeongChang For Observer Program

With the final bid application deadline looming, delegations from cities that have expressed interest in hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic …

Men and Women Say They’re More Different Than Similar

Men are tough; women are in touch with their feelings. Men are providers; women are nurturers. Men should punch back when provoked; women should be physically attractive.<p>These stereotypical beliefs about gender differences remain strong, found a new survey from the Pew Research Center on Tuesday. …

When Sexual Assault Victims Are Charged With Lying

The women accusing the Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct have faced doubt and derision. Other women, who have alleged sexual assault or harassment by powerful men in Hollywood, Silicon Valley and elsewhere, have become targets for online abuse or had their careers …

Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades

<i>Update: The Weinstein Company’s board</i> <i>is planning</i> <i>to investigate sexual harassment complaints against Harvey Weinstein as he takes a leave of absence. Find more coverage here.</i><p>Two decades ago, the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein invited Ashley Judd to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what the …

She Didn’t Fight Back: 5 (Misguided) Reasons People Doubt Sexual Misconduct Victims

She took decades to come forward. She can’t remember exactly what happened. She sent friendly text messages to the same man she says assaulted her. She didn’t fight back.<p>There are all sorts of reasons women who report sexual misconduct, from unwanted advances by their bosses to groping or forced …

Sexual Harassment

When Saying ‘Yes’ Is Easier Than Saying ‘No’

For years, my female friends and I have spoken, with knowing nods, about a sexual interaction we call “the place of no return.” It is a kind of sexual nuance that most women instinctively understand: the situation you thought you wanted, or maybe you actually never wanted, but somehow here you are …

Sexual Harassment

The Unexamined Brutality of the Male Libido

After weeks of continuously unfolding abuse scandals, men have become, quite literally, unbelievable. What any given man might say about gender politics and how he treats women are separate and unrelated phenomena. Liberal or conservative, feminist or chauvinist, woke or benighted, young or old, …

Feminism

How Wall Street Bro Talk Keeps Women Down

WHEN I was a 27-year-old bond trader at Bank of America, I went to dinner with a managing director and a high-profile client, both men, at a Brazilian all-you-can-eat meat restaurant in Manhattan. The waitress came by to see if we wanted another round of drinks. When she was out of earshot, the …

Curious About the Lives of North Korea’s Isolated Athletes? Here’s a Glimpse

TOKYO — The arrival of 22 athletes from North Korea to compete in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, has been greeted by a predictable news media scrum, with journalists scrambling to coax comments from these emissaries of one of the world’s most reclusive countries.<p>Like many things …

Winter Olympics 2018 Opening Ceremony: Highlights and Analysis

The crowning moment of any opening ceremony: the final leg of the torch relay and the lighting of the Olympic caldron. Inbee Park, the golfer, was one of the final torchbearers. Two members of the mixed North and South Korean women’s hockey team, Chung Su-hyon of North Korea and Park Jong-ah of …

A Tricky Reunion on the Ice for North and South Korean Hockey

Thousands of spectators waved miniature white flags showing a unified Korean Peninsula as women’s hockey teams from North and South Korea faced off at the Gangneung Hockey Centre, one of the venues of the 2018 Winter Olympics next month in South Korea.<p>Only days before, North Korea had tested a …

What It’s Like to Live in a Surveillance State

Imagine that this is your daily life: While on your way to work or on an errand, every 100 meters you pass a police blockhouse. Video cameras on street corners and lamp posts recognize your face and track your movements. At multiple checkpoints, police officers scan your ID card, your irises and …

China

The green and the gold: can we soften the environmental impact of the Olympics?

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) just announced that Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics. There will no doubt be many surprises …

Sustainability

Four Olympic Stadiums With Unexpected Afterlives

Signing on to host the Olympics is a big investment—in both infrastructure and money. The 2012 and 2014 Olympics, for example, each cost upwards of …

Here’s what the Winter Olympics’ top sponsors have planned for the Pyeongchang Games

With just over a week to go until the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, games sponsors are gearing up to make the most of their …

See the Spot: Olympics Athletes Amplify Visa's Campaign

Who needs broadcast television when you have your own mini network of celebrity athletes? Visa, an Olympics sponsor, is running a 60-second spot …

Fileless malware is targeting the 2018 Winter Olympics using brand new tools

The attack campaign is using software less than a week old to hide its tracks, which should worry everyone involved in cybersecurity.<p>Building a slide …

Russian brand banned from PyeongChang Olympics

Team Russia's exclusive Olympic outfitter – Bosco – has asked for its logo to be removed from any Olympic kit in light of the new brand guidelines. …

Olympics-Alibaba unveils Olympics campaign in first corporate ad push outside China | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is debuting a global marketing campaign outside China for the first time, the company said on Monday, with the release of Olympic advertisements focusing on underdog stories in countries such as the United …