The American Story Behind Gangs and Gun Violence

From The Atlantic Like everyone, we at The Atlantic have spent the weeks since Newtown thinking about the role of guns in America. In our ongoing effort to broaden the conversation, I spent some time talking to Professor Harold Pollack, who co-directs the Crime Lab at the University of Chicago. Pollack is one of the [...]

The Video-Game Industry Needs to Defend Itself—Here’s How

From The Atlantic In the wake of the recent mass killings, one thing is clear: Change is necessary from politicians, the press, and even the video-game industry—just not the change most people think. Ferocious new, evidence-free attacks on the video-game industry remind us how much politicians and the press can wildly overreact. But even though [...]

Toward a Black Jesse James

From The Atlantic In my twitter (and maybe in yours) and around the web, I keep hearing what I can only call an attempt to redeem Christopher Dorner’s murderous rampage. These redemption narratives, from what I can tell, are a mish-mash of cynicism, anger and left-wing populism. Heaped on top of that is LAPD’s incredibly [...]

A new ‘Year of the Woman’?

From The Washington Post A little more than 20 years ago, Anita Hill sat before a panel of 14 U.S. senators, all male, who aggressively questioned her claim that she had been sexually harassed by then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. As the nation watched the hearings, riveted and repulsed, one Washington state senator couldn’t help [...]

The South’s Enduring Conservativism


Via the NY Times A recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute found that while Gov. Mitt Romney is thought to have a solid lead over President Obama among white working class voters, that’s almost entirely because of his lead among those voters in the South, where he has a 40 percent edge. The [...]

What if we’re wrong on Iran?

Via the LA Times As the U.S. contemplates whether to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, intelligence community leaders should be asking themselves a question: What if we’re wrong? That question wasn’t asked — or at least wasn’t answered — in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war, with devastating consequences. Before giving up on containment or [...]

Motherhood vs. Feminism


From The New York Times Attachment parenting is an umbrella term coined by a pediatrician, William Sears, to describe a style of parenting that embraces the normal biology of pregnancy, labor, breastfeeding and bonding, all in the name of raising children who demonstrate the psychological classification of being securely attached. By definition, it eschews notions [...]

The Great Kobe Beef Lie

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Via Forbes You cannot buy Japanese Kobe beef in this country. Not in stores, not by mail, and certainly not in restaurants. No matter how much you have spent, how fancy a steakhouse you went to, or which of the many celebrity chefs who regularly feature “Kobe beef” on their menus you believed, you were [...]

Fashioned identity and the unreliable image

Via Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty Abstract High street fashion is an important industry in economic as well as aesthetic and cultural terms. Fashions not only provide a social language based on easily recognized, high-circulating items but they also generate massive wealth. These visual icons and images globalize human experience to a significant extent [...]

`Bumping into alterity’: Transacting cultural complexities

Via Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies Abstract It is commonly recognized that the ethnic diversity that marks Australian society has become increasingly complex. This, however, is primarily seen in terms of the widening sources of Australia’s immigration. But cultural complexity is more than this. It isn’t just that people live hybrid lives, or [...]