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We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Fallout and fanfare from the media revolution

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Idealism, Blumenthal and the Media

over 4 years ago

Much is being made about Richard Blumenthal’s Senate race because of a New York Times article published last Monday which accuses Blumenthal of lying about his military record: claiming on camera that he had served in Vietnam when in fact he had not. Blumenthal was a member of the Marine Corp ...

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Ideology and Ideological Apparatuses

over 4 years ago

The argument that "we take the internet for granted" may seem like a tired straw man. But perhaps the ideology of the internet could stand a second look. Maybe we don't actually understand the extent to which all the hardware and software that allows us to access the web shapes the ways in ...

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Spinning the Web

over 4 years ago

Nestle has been forced to change its environmentally-destructive business practices after a social media coup; what can netroots activists learn from the victory? After it was revealed that the Swiss food giant sourced its palm oil through Sinar Mas—a company whose operations contribute to ...

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Full Disclosure

over 4 years ago

Since the murder of a middle school principal in the suburbs of DC last month, the Washington Post has grappled with the complexities of how much to disclose about a victim's personal life. Brian Betts, an innovative educator at the forefront of the district's efforts to turn around its ...

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Sinking Ship, Newsweek for Sale

over 4 years ago

After taking tens of millions of dollars in losses over the past two years, The Washington Post Company has put Newsweek up for sale which, along with Time, once defined the nation’s conversation about events foreign and domestic.  The attempt to sell the magazine confirms many trends of our ...