Online Humiliation

"The outlets for vindictiveness have multiplied almost to infinity—and your reputation is more fragile than ever," writes Jeffrey Zaslow. "All of us now live under the threat of easy and instant humiliation."

These days "the outlets for vindictiveness have multiplied almost to infinity—and your reputation is more fragile than ever," writes Jeffrey Zaslow. "All of us now live under the threat of easy and instant humiliation. It's no longer just celebrities and business executives who need to think about aggressive reputation-protection and face-saving techniques." Does this mean there has been a ratcheting up of meanness in recent years? Have the cheanges in technology made us "nastier and more cynical?" Can we decide we're better than that?

Car culture and suburban sprawl create rifts in society, claims study

New research links urban planning and political polarization.

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Politics & Current Affairs
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  • Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
  • People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
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How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

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Strange Maps
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  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
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Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.

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