Gail Collins and Bret Stephens take on the Rabbit Hole problem

TweetYou ever read “The Conversation,” a weekly opinion feature in The New York Times? It’s very good. It just consists of two Times opinion columnists — former NYT Editorial Page Editor Gail Collins and former Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens — kicking around a number of issues of the day, and having fun doing […]

We have indeed met the enemy, but he is not yet ours

TweetRoss Douthat made a good point today, although it’s a depressing one. In the column, “I’m What’s Wrong With the Humanities,” he brought up the subject addressed in a sobering recent piece in The New Yorker, “The End of the English Major.” We all have shaken our heads over those stupid kids today who can’t […]

So you’re saying it’s the Raskolnikov Syndrome? Maybe, but that doesn’t explain 2016

TweetAs you know, people have been bat-poop crazy lately. We’ve discussed this a good bit. It’s complicated by the fact that we’re looking at two separate developments, and sort of running them together. I’ve been searching ever since 2016, trying to understand how this country elected — to the presidency — someone who at any […]

Open Thread for Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Tweet Since I’m dictating, not typing, I won’t have too much to say. but I thought I would give y’all a place to comment on the passing parade. Justice for George Floyd – The jury delivered the best verdict it could have done. Of course, they couldn’t REALLY provide justice to George Floyd. But they […]

Or, to put it more succinctly…

Tweet Y’all know how many words I’ve written lately to explain my epiphany that should have occurred to me years ago — how our descent into a post-truth society has been accelerated by technology that we all love, except when it’s making us insane. I’ve written about insights gained from listening to “Rabbit Hole” or […]

Mr. President, here’s what makes the ‘uncivil war’ so vicious

Tweet I wish my headline said, “Here’s how to end the uncivil war, Mr. President.” But I can’t say that, because I don’t know how to undo the damage. But finally, after more than four years of bewilderment, I finally feel like I have a grip on what has caused the problem, and I’m not […]

A continuation of the pattern

Tweet Here’s a follow-up to my previous post, “Millions of separate realities, destroying our common world.” I’m reading more and more of this stuff about how the way TOO many people consume the internet, and get consumed by it. Specifically, how they get their minds hopelessly warped by a couple of the standard features of […]

You MUST read David Frum’s brilliant piece in The Atlantic

TweetThe other night, as I turned off the Apple TV and paused just before turning off the tube altogether, I saw that Tavis Smiley was interviewing David Frum — former speechwriter for George W. Bush and current senior editor for The Atlantic. So I stopped myself from turning it off, because Frum usually has smart, […]

Could (should) Big Brother have stopped Holmes?

Tweet Fascinating piece in the WSJ today, posing the following question: Would Total Information Awareness have stopped James Eagan Holmes? You perhaps remember the fuss. That program by the Defense Department was curtailed when the Senate voted to revoke funding amid a privacy furor in 2003. The project had been aimed partly at automatically collecting […]