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The End of Democracy?

Social media tend to magnify the expansive self, encouraging participants to stake out a virtual identity within the ethereal territory of the world wide web: “This is who I am, like it or not!” “My political beliefs are part of my identity; to call them into question is to call my very identity into question.” Continue Reading »

The Age of Outrage

We are living in an age of outreach. The rise of Trump is evidence enough. But Trump and his followers are the symptom of a much deeper problem: a diseased culture facing the death of reasoned discourse and civil disagreement. Continue Reading »

Agape Wins

There’s been much talk lately about the moral purposes of history, especially from those celebrating the recent Supreme Court decision regarding gay marriage. History, we hear, is on the side of ever-expanding personal freedom, and those who counter this expansion are history’s losers. This . . . . Continue Reading »

Beauty and Faith in the Age of Twitter

Last week a study appeared in Computers and Human Behavior under the title “The brain in your pocket: Evidence that Smartphones are used to supplant thinking.” A summary of the findings in ScienceDaily bore the header “Reliance on smartphones linked to lazy thinking.” Researchers tested 660 subjects and found a clear correlation between high smartphone use and lower cognitive skills, especially “the willingness to think in an analytical way.” Continue Reading »

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