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Number 58 ~ Spring 2019

Essays

After Technopoly

Alan Jacobs on why getting beyond rationalism requires the return of myth

Our Uneasy Tranquility

Heather Zeiger asks whether the rising use of anti-anxiety pills should have us worried

Why Science Can’t Break the GMO Stalemate

Tess Doezema argues that studies won’t settle a debate about technocracy itself

Can Chess Survive Artificial Intelligence?

Yoni Wilkenfeld on how computers take the error out of human chess — and the adventure

The Ruin of the Digital Town Square

The Inescapable Town Square

L. M. Sacasas on how social media combines the worst parts of past eras of communication

Preserving Real-Life Childhood

Naomi Schaefer Riley on why decency online requires raising kids who know life offline

How Not to Regulate Social Media

Shoshana Weissmann on proposed privacy and bot laws that would do more harm than good

The Four Facebooks

Nolen Gertz on misinformation, manipulation, dependency, and distraction

Do You Know Who Your ‘Friends’ Are?

Ashley May on why treating others well online requires defining our relationships

The Distance Between Us

Micah Meadowcroft on why we act badly when we don’t speak face-to-face

The Emergent Order of Twitter

Andy Smarick on why the platform should be fixed from the bottom up, not the top down

Imagine All the People

James Poulos on how the fantasies of the TV era created the disaster of social media

Making Friends of Trolls

Caitrin Keiper on finding familiar faces behind the black mirror