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 […]

It’s artificial, all right, but let’s not call it ‘intelligence’

Tweet As y’all know, I worry a good bit about what the internet is doing to us. But I don’t worry about “artificial intelligence” taking over the planet in some deliberate, organized way like in “The Matrix.” That’s because I don’t see it as intelligent, either in a bad way or a good way. Oh, […]

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 […]