A Workflow

I stum­bled across this tweet, and it got me to think­ing about a dra­mat­ic trans­for­ma­tion I’ve under­gone over the last six months: inte­grat­ing an iPad Pro into my work­flow. Obvi­ous­ly this isn’t the biggest deal in the uni­verse, but I am struck by how much we can use diverse tools to be pro­duc­tive in a…

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Our Cybernetic Utopia

Almost 500 years ago, in 1516, Thomas More wrote the satire Utopia, in which he explored the con­cept of a sup­pos­ed­ly per­fect soci­ety. Par­tial­ly set on the epony­mous island, Utopia was an ear­ly effort to hold up a mir­ror to con­tem­po­rary Euro­pean soci­eties and high­light their inequities and injus­tices. More’s satire began as an exchange…

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Understanding — and Countering — Hate Speech Is the Fight of Our Age

Eight years ago, a Nor­we­gian white suprema­cist named Anders Behring Brievik mur­dered 77 peo­ple, many of them chil­dren, in and around Oslo. The details of the car­nage he cre­at­ed are avail­able on Wikipedia and won’t be repeat­ed here. His attack shocked the con­sciences of the world, giv­en its bru­tal­i­ty and the tar­get­ed nature of the…

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A Theory of Trump’s Immigration Rhetoric

Note: This is the long­form ver­sion of a series I post­ed in July, 2019 While immi­gra­tion has been a top­ic of debate in this coun­try for many decades, the 2015 announce­ment of Don­ald Trump’s can­di­da­cy for the Pres­i­dent, which fea­tured the pres­i­dent derid­ing Mex­i­cans as rapists and drug deal­ers, sparked an imme­di­ate con­cern: will a…

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Public Attitudes Toward Immigration Can Change: Trump’s Immigration Rhetoric Pt. 3

This is part 3 in a series. See the part 1 here, part 2 here, and part 4 here. Immi­gra­tion is not the most emo­tion­al­ly charged polit­i­cal debate in Amer­i­ca today (abor­tion is far more emo­tion­al). But immi­gra­tion sits at the nexus of sev­er­al extreme­ly emo­tion­al top­ics like iden­ti­ty, race, class, and inclu­sive­ness (here is an…

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