The Wild Bactrian Camel: An Animal Hero for Our Time?

May 07, 2021

It is inarguable that cuteness matters in campaigns focused on animal protection and conservation. Feeling a connection to a species engenders compassion and the desire to see its continuity, and even moves us to engage in programs focused on its survival. Although beauty is in the eye of the...

Will We Wake Up to the Big Tech Distraction Crisis?
May 07, 2021

Will We Wake Up to the Big Tech Distraction Crisis?

The Media’s Love of Pseudoscience
Apr 30, 2021

The Media’s Love of Pseudoscience

German Nationalism, From Revolution to Illiberalism
Apr 23, 2021

German Nationalism, From Revolution to Illiberalism

Bollywood’s Soft Power Is Not Enough for the Oscars

Bollywood’s Soft Power Is Not Enough for the Oscars

Apr 20, 2021

In 2019, India produced over 1,800 movies, making it the world’s largest film industry in terms of numbers; this dwarfs the 792 produced in both the US and Canada combined. Bollywood, as Mumbai’s movie industry is known, distributes its films around the world and is particularly popular in...

Is the European Super League Such a Terrible Idea?

Is the European Super League Such a Terrible Idea?

Apr 19, 2021

When the hysteria dies down, think carefully: Is the proposed breakaway European Super League (ESL) such a terrible idea? Most of the football clubs involved struggle to break even and most are rescued out of a financial mess by a yearly gift from their owners-cum-benefactors. With the backing...

Why Fame Can Be a Nightmare

Why Fame Can Be a Nightmare

Apr 16, 2021

Self-annihilation is a constituent part of many celebrity careers. While some actors or singers slide smoothly from one success to another, hardly pausing for the occasional misadventure, others are ruined, occasionally by others but much more usually by their own devices. Frankie Lymon’s...

Athletes Shake Up Sports Governance

Athletes Shake Up Sports Governance

Apr 14, 2021

Sports governance worldwide has had its legs knocked out from under it. Yet national and international sports administrators are slow in realizing the magnitude of what has hit them. Tectonic plates underlying the guiding principle that sports and politics are unrelated have shifted, driven by a...

YouTube Shows Its Concern for My Sanity

YouTube Shows Its Concern for My Sanity

Mar 30, 2021

Everyone has a personal relationship with YouTube. That’s just the way YouTube works. It is literally the platform that gives you what you — uniquely you and nobody else — want. It “understands” your tastes and needs. Understanding means gauging your unconscious reflexes in a...

The Missing Pieces to Avoid a Climate Disaster

The Missing Pieces to Avoid a Climate Disaster

Mar 25, 2021

After stepping down as Microsoft CEO in 2000, Bill Gates gradually shifted his focus to the operations of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which set out to improve global health and development, as well as education in the US. Partially through his role with the foundation, Gates came to...

The Legacy of Elizabeth Taylor

The Legacy of Elizabeth Taylor

Mar 19, 2021

“The Elizabeth Taylor who’s famous, the one on film, really has no depth or meaning to me,” the Hollywood icon told Life magazine’s Richard Meryman in 1964. “She’s a totally superficial working thing, a commodity. I really don’t know what the ingredients of the image are exactly —...

Ken Burns’ Misunderstanding of Pronouns

Ken Burns’ Misunderstanding of Pronouns

Mar 17, 2021

Last week, David Marchese interviewed filmmaker Ken Burns for The New York Times. It came on the occasion of yet another in the growing series of Burns documentaries about the iconic people, objects and trends that most Americans recognize as the pillars of their culture. They include baseball,...

What Meghan Markle Failed to Understand About the British Monarchy

What Meghan Markle Failed to Understand About the British Monarchy

Mar 16, 2021

“We are very much not a racist family,” shouted back Prince William at the reporter. The journalist had asked the wrong question. The right question would have been, “Is your family class conscious?” The reply to that would have been silence. When Meghan Markle, the duchess of Sussex...

17 Physics Reasons Pole Dancing Benefits Humans

17 Physics Reasons Pole Dancing Benefits Humans

Mar 13, 2021

By some weird fluke, I may be the most famous male pole dancer in the world this month. Not by any means the best, strongest or most graceful. Maybe the oldest and certainly the most unlikely. Being the opposite of a typical pole enthusiast gives me the perfect stage, in brief, to sing the...

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