Here’s an op-ed from David Brooks about pluralism, identity, and the hopeful trend of young people getting along pretty well in spite of our polarized discourse.
Here’s an interesting piece in the New York Times about the extension of the concept of gentrification, and its relationship to the idea of cultural appropriation. Maybe both terms are getting overstretched in some cases?
Check out this interesting story in the New York Times about the L.A. Times. It’s really more a story about how Los Angeles has little cultural or institutional cohesion – no particular sense of community.
Here’s an interesting story in the New York Times about people seeking a sense of community through cohousing.
Researchers have been interested for some time in the ways that computers and smart phones can lead to some kinds of withdrawal and social isolation. Could asking smart phone makers to produce less compelling devices be one route to reinvigorating older forms of social interaction and community?
One phenomenon we’ll be studying this semester is the marked cultural and political polarization of this moment in American society. The “culture wars” are in some ways a coalescence of two giant, antagonistic communities. A few quick indications we’ll talk about on the first night to introduce the idea: