On Fire: The Right to a Future

The Right to a Future, with Naomi Klein and Greta Thunberg Sep 9, 2019 https://youtu.be/Vw58ckJdDmI On Fire by Naomi Klein edited by O Society September 15, 2019 On a Friday in mid-March, they streamed out of schools in little rivulets, burbling with excitement and defiance at an act of truancy. The little streams emptied on to … Continue reading On Fire: The Right to a Future

The Machine Always Wins: What Drives Our Addiction to Social Media?

The Twittering Machine by Richard Seymour edited by O Society September 10, 2019 We are swimming in writing. Our lives have become, in the words of the author and academic Shoshana Zuboff, an “electronic text”. Social media platforms have created a machine for us to write to. The bait is that we are interacting with other … Continue reading The Machine Always Wins: What Drives Our Addiction to Social Media?

Harry Potter Books Removed From Tennessee School Because Exorcist Says They Contain Real Spells

by Holly Meyer edited by O Society September 3, 2019 The students at St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville can no longer check out the popular Harry Potter book series from their school's library. The seven-book series depicting the magical adventures of a young wizard and his friends was removed from the library because of their content, the Rev. … Continue reading Harry Potter Books Removed From Tennessee School Because Exorcist Says They Contain Real Spells

2084 Orwell Revisited in the Age of Trump

by Tom Engelhardt edited by O Society August 23, 2019 I, Winston Smith... I mean, Tom Engelhardt... have not just been reading a dystopian novel, but, it seems, living one -- and I suspect I’ve been living one all my life. Yes, I recently reread George Orwell’s classic 1949 novel, 1984. In it, Winston Smith, a … Continue reading 2084 Orwell Revisited in the Age of Trump

Reading In All Media

by Ben Steele edited by O Society August 12, 2019 There is no end to people complaining about technology and new media. It isn’t limited to luddites and other varieties of reactionaries. One hears all kinds of views why the world is going down the crapper, from high-minded critiques from academics to your mother’s nagging … Continue reading Reading In All Media

Donald Doesn’t Read

by David Graham edited by O Society August 9, 2019 Ironically, it took the publication of a book to crystallize the reality of just how little Donald Trump reads. While, like many of the tendencies described in Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, Trump’s indifference to the printed word has been apparent for some time, the … Continue reading Donald Doesn’t Read

It Is Not the Strongest of the Species that Survives But the Most Adaptable

edited by O Society July 28, 2019 “Yes, change is the basic law of nature. But the changes wrought by the passage of time affects individuals and institutions in different ways. According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; … Continue reading It Is Not the Strongest of the Species that Survives But the Most Adaptable