Category Politics and Economics

The Stock Market Is Divorced from the Real Economy. It’s Time to Fix It

(Written on April 10) You may have heard that 16.8 million Americans have filed for unemployment over the past three weeks. What you may not have heard, however, is that the US stock market has been steadily rising. Yes, even though America’s main stock indices – the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 – had […]

The War on Fake News Fatally Misunderstands Fake News

(Originally written September 3rd, 2017) Fake news is a serious problem, although not for the reasons many people seem to believe. It’s a serious problem, not just because the false beliefs it encourages can have grave consequences, but because it’s the misidentification of an even more serious problem. While the likes of Facebook, Google and […]

Trump is giving a masterclass in media manipulation

(Originally written March 3rd, 2017) Only a month into his presidency, Donald Trump has already been called many, many things. To cite a few, he’s been deemed a bully, a racist, a misogynist, a fascist, an authoritarian, and a totalitarian, and often in the same sentence. Yet in the panicked rush to baptize him as […]

Responsibility in the Age of Socially Mediated Terrorism

What is responsibility? In a world where ISIS have claimed responsibility for the tragic New Year shooting at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, and where they’ve done much the same for an alarmingly long list of attacks in 2016, this question isn’t without its importance. Even if it may initially seem too simple to be […]

Have-It-All Consumerism is Fundamentally Antithetical to Democracy

These days, it’s very difficult to surf the web without stumbling upon a commentator decrying the state of politics. From excessive fear-mongering to disenchanted cynicism and deepening polarity, there’s been no shortage of issues for pundits to highlight as they cosily remind us that there’s something fundamentally wrong with 21st-Century political culture. Voters are more […]

Forget Guilds, Uber Recognizes Nothing But Its Business Model

Uber has taken one step towards creating a true sharing economy, or rather two steps back. On Tuesday May 10, it arrived at an agreement with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, officially recognizing 35,000 Uber drivers in NYC as a guild. This will grant these drivers minimal rights to voice their formerly […]

Idiot Nephews: CEOs Make Much Less Difference Than We Think

A rather interesting tidbit of information came to light this past week when the records of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission were released by the National Archives. Reporting to the Commission in May 2010, it emerged from this release that investor Warren Buffett believes CEOs and corporate leaders have little to do with a successful […]

The Planned Parenthood Killer is ‘Pro’ Nothing

Three people were killed on the afternoon of Friday November 28 when a gunman opened fire at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, CO. Later identified as 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear, the motives for the murderer’s attack are still unclear, although a recent increase in threats against Planned Parenthood centers has invited suggestions that anti-abortion […]

Consumerism as the Simulation of Identity

Facebook has 1.5 billion active profiles, Instagram has 400 million monthly users, and Twitter has 316 million. In the United States and Canada, 229.7 million people went to the cinema in 2014, while a recent Nielsen study found that 75% of the American population actively consume music. As for the fashion industry, it’s worth $1.7 trillion dollars globally, with 19 […]

Stealing the Data of Millions Is One Thing, Using It Is Another

On Wednesday September 21, the website of telecoms provider TalkTalk was subject to a cyber-attack. As serious a breach of cybersecurity as it was, and as vigilant as the four million TalkTalk’s customers potentially affected by the violation must now be, they shouldn’t worry too much. Yes, the perpetrators of the attack may possess their personal […]