US Culture’s Unavowed Love Affair With Destruction

June 17, 2020

The death of George Floyd while in police custody was so gut-wrenching to watch for most Americans that it set off what has begun to resemble a cultural and possibly political revolution. The spectacle videoed by a bystander was the closest thing to a Roman crucifixion modern society has managed...

The Tyranny of Algorithmic Order in Times of Revolutionary Change

June 08, 2020

Who needs reporters to cover the drama that takes place in the streets of the United States? People with cameras on their cellphones have conveniently replaced traditional news teams. The news media merely selects the videos shot by ordinary people that it will broadcast. The star journalists and...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Guilty” on the South Side of Chicago

November 22, 2017

In the land of opportunity and law and order, poverty is in itself a proof of guilt. Today’s 3D Definition: Guilty As reported in Time magazine, “A Cook County judge on Thursday threw out the felony drug convictions of 15 black men who all say they were locked up for no other reason except...

The World This Week: Dallas Shines Light on America’s Dark Soul

July 10, 2016

Violent policing and mass incarceration are unjust, expensive and counterproductive, making reform of the criminal justice system an urgent priority for the US. Last week, the focus was terrorism. This week, it is wanton violence in the US. On July 7, a young woman live-streamed a video of her...