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The Las Vegas Massacre Report and the Rise of Second Amendment Nihilism

A document, recently released—“LVMPD Criminal Investigative Report of the 1 October Mass Casualty Shooting,” to give it its official name—offering the local-police-department summary of the Las Vegas gun massacre of last year, makes for reading that is both hallucinatory and tragic, and in another …

Guns

The death of Don Draper

Advertising, once a creative industry, is now a data-driven business reliant on algorithms. The implications are deeply sinister – not only for the …

Broadcast Media

American white people really hate being called “white people”

A Twitter poll drama, explained.<p>A few days ago, I came across this rather striking finding from a recent public opinion survey by the Public Religion Research Institute:<p>It is striking for a couple of reasons. For one thing, the question is not about illegal immigrants, or even immigrants at all; …

Exponential Finance Conference

An Extremely Detailed Map of the 2016 Presidential Election

An interactive map lets readers explore the 2016 election in new detail.

Government

Refinery29, Kylie Jenner, and the Denial Underlying Millennial Financial Resentment

Lately, the air has been crackling with financial resentment. Tweets and articles about money—about, say, how Kylie Jenner is a self-made billionaire, or how two rich college graduates chose their expensive apartment in Kips Bay, or how one young woman lives in New York on an intern’s salary and a …

Kylie Jenner

Orwell knew: we willingly buy the screens that are used against us

Sales of George Orwell’s utopian novel 1984 (1949) have spiked twice recently, both times in response to political events. In early 2017, the idea of …

University of Pennsylvania

34 years ago, a KGB defector chillingly predicted modern America

A chilling interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.<br>Read …

Russia

So Where Should We Put Our Recycling?

<i>Over the past quarter century, China has accepted some 279 million metric tons of America’s scrap. This year, however, China stopped accepting most of the U.S.’s (and the developing world’s) scrap, which includes paper and plastic recycling. So where should it all go? Bloomberg Opinion columnists</i> …

Sustainability

Seeing the Modern World In the Disposable Plastic Straw

It’s a fact: plastics have both improved human life and eroded the earth’s ecosystems. Huge gyres of plastic trash swirl in the oceans. Plastic bits …

Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Who Deserves a Place at the Table

The academics have a word for it: “commensality.” It describes the practice that determines who eats with whom at the table—who has a place, who doesn’t have a place, and how, instinctively and traditionally, the rules and rituals of sharing food get made. Oddly enough, it’s a field that has gotten …

Donald Trump

Nashville Is Supposed to Be the Model Walkable 21st-Century City. Not Quite.

On a spring evening in Nashville, I join the line outside the Station Inn, the venerable joint where grizzled fiddlers and young banjo hotshots …

The Bullshit-Job Boom

For more and more people, work appears to serve no purpose. Is there any good left in the grind?<p>Bullshit, like paper waste, accumulates in offices with the inevitability of February snow. Justification reports: What are these? Nobody knows. And yet they pile up around you, Xerox-warmed, to be …

London School of Economics

The Entire Economy Is MoviePass Now. Enjoy It While You Can.

I’ve got a great idea for a start-up. Want to hear the pitch?<p>It’s called the 75 Cent Dollar Store. We’re going to sell dollar bills for 75 cents — no service charges, no hidden fees, just crisp $1 bills for the price of three quarters. It’ll be huge.<p>You’re probably thinking: Wait, won’t your store …

Profit

The Fiends and the Folk Heroes of Grifter Season

This year, the last week in May marked the beginning of grifter season: the wind changed, the pressure dropped, and the scent of scamming was suddenly everywhere in the air. Anna Delvey, the young woman with messy hair and a vague European accent who allegedly convinced the superficial people and …

Ivanka Trump, Samantha Bee, and the Strange Path of an Ancient Epithet

Last Sunday, Ivanka Trump, an adviser to the President, posted on Instagram an image of herself cuddling her young son, even as reports of families torn apart by the Trump Administration’s immigration policies flew around the Internet. On Wednesday night, as outrage continued to crest, the comedian …

Deepfakes and fake media are coming for our memories - Vox

Doctored photos can easily create false memories. What happens when there’s fake video?<p>Seeing is believing. And because of this fact, we’re screwed.<p>Due to advances in artificial intelligence, it’s now possible to convincingly map anyone’s face onto the body of another person in a video.<p>In April, …

Psychology

Cambridge Analytica and Our Lives Inside the Surveillance Machine

In 2006, a local pollster in Nepal was kidnapped by Maoist rebels while conducting opinion surveys on behalf of the American political strategist Stan Greenberg. The Maoists, who had been waging a long-running insurgency against the government, did not issue their typical ransom demands—money or …

We need new ways of treating depression

Experts are now looking to the social and environmental causes of the disorder affecting millions.<p>As the 21st century was beginning, a South African psychiatrist named Derek Summerfield happened to be in Cambodia conducting some research on the psychological effects of unexploded land mines — at a …

The Tyranny of Convenience

Convenience is the most underestimated and least understood force in the world today. As a driver of human decisions, it may not offer the illicit thrill of Freud’s unconscious sexual desires or the mathematical elegance of the economist’s incentives. Convenience is boring. But boring is not the …

Washing Machines

Inside the Two Years That Shook Facebook—and the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook’s employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks. His …

Journalism

The Rise of the Social Media Fembot

MTV’s “TRL” recently welcomed Poppy, a rising star with hologram-perfect skin, an avant-garde Japanese schoolgirl wardrobe and a voice like Betty Boop’s on benzos.<p>For much of the show, she perched silently on the couch and methodically stacked candies on a glass table. A longhaired handler called …

Don’t blame the election on fake news. Blame it on the media.

<b>Since the 2016 presidential election,</b> an increasingly familiar narrative has emerged concerning the unexpected victory of Donald Trump. Fake news, …

Journalism

I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life

She approached him because she recognized his camera flash — Aziz Ansari was taking pictures at the 2017 Emmy Awards after-party with a film camera, …

The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari

Allegations against the comedian are proof that women are angry, temporarily powerful—and very, very dangerous.<p>Sexual mores in the West have changed so rapidly over the past 100 years that by the time you reach 50, intimate accounts of commonplace sexual events of the young seem like science …

Aziz Ansari

The art of flying (short version)

The flight of a starling flock at dusk, know as a <i>murmuration</i>, is one of nature’s most beguiling sights. Blurring the line between the individual and …

Documentaries

Why Ageism Never Gets Old

The prejudice is an ancient habit, but new forces—in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and beyond—have restored its youthful vitality.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Early in his career, Paul Newman personified a young man in a hurry forced …

Robert DeNiro

Eric Clapton interview and guitar demo 1968

World's witnessing a new Gilded Age as billionaires’ wealth swells to $6tn

Not since the time of the Carnegies, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts at the turn of the 20th century was so much owned by so few<p>The world’s super-rich hold the greatest concentration of wealth since the US Gilded Age at the turn of the 20th century, when families like the Carnegies, Rockefellers and …

We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

We're building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci. In an eye-opening talk, she …

Artificial Intelligence

The Family That Built an Empire of Pain

The Sackler dynasty’s ruthless marketing of painkillers has generated billions of dollars—and millions of addicts.<p>The north wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a vast, airy enclosure featuring a banked wall of glass and the Temple of Dendur, a sandstone monument that was constructed beside …

Medicine