The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Bleak” Times in America

September 27, 2018

MSNBC is too caught up in the daily cycle of reporting about the Trump disaster to waste time on understanding and unpacking history. MSNBC, like Fox News, has a worldview that can never be questioned on the air and which may well be even more black and white than that of Fox News. It clings to...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: US Drones to “Terrify”

May 30, 2018

The US aims to launch a new fleet of drones, and Fox News is playing cheerleader for the distribution of drone-induced terror. In March, Fox News excitedly reported on the next generation of drone technology, the MUX: “The MUX will terrify enemies of the United States, and with good reason....

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Study” of Clickbait

May 22, 2018

The real meaning of research is to survive in the attention economy. What would journalism be without the hordes of scientists who conduct studies of everything under the sun to reveal the hidden truths about human behavior and human health? For example, The Economist, as it reveals “new...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: What’s an “Elite”?

May 11, 2018

When there is an elite that holds a dominant position in any society, it can become vulnerable to discontent. Every human society produces an elite class. According to Thomas Piketty, what used to be singular has now become plural. Sophie Hardach, in an article published by the World Economic...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Party” in the West

April 30, 2018

The most disturbing thing about the agony of political parties is that Western democracies have no other viable model to work with. Keeping track of politics in Italy has always challenged the talents of even the most seasoned pundit. Business Insider sums up the current situation: “Italy's...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Dismayed” by Tax Law

April 23, 2018

Republicans are upset over the public response to their new tax law. After a Gallup poll revealed that a majority of Americans were disappointed by President Donald Trump’s vaunted tax cuts, Yahoo conducted a flash poll to understand why. They were surprised by the lucidity of the criticism...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Understanding “Polyphony”

March 28, 2018

A glance at Europe’s musical history tells us that orchestrating polyphony is a lost and largely forgotten art. French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to repatriate some pillaged African art to its geographical sources. Le Monde quotes the people charged with organizing this task, who...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Innovating with “Vigilance”

March 27, 2018

Matt Taibbi lists the policies Americans have recently approved of in the name of vigilance. In summing up US military history over the past 70 years and the legacy of the Iraq War, author and journalist Matt Taibbi mentions the innovation that 9/11 permitted: “nly a continually expanding...

Can We Deal with the Emotions that Underlie Brexit?

March 26, 2018

The decision to opt for Brexit was based on a deep-seated wish to assert an English sense of identity. It is very hard to predict where the Brexit negotiations will end — or indeed if they will ever really end. UK public opinion is shaped by images from the Second World War era when Britain...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Free Speech” and Education

March 14, 2018

Neil deGrasse Tyson identifies the reasons behind the flat-Earth movement. Science media guru Neil deGrasse Tyson has identified the two contributing factors to the otherwise incomprehensible persistence in the United States of belief in the idea that the Earth is flat. The first is “we live...

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