Why Controlling the Masses Through Media No Longer Works | Jordan Greenhall

Why Controlling the Masses Through Media No Longer Works | Jordan Greenhall

I don’t want to go into the history but there’s actually a really neat history of exactly why and how a particular set of ideas became so important in the latter half of the 20th century. I’ll give you just one example, but the idea of operational management, which was innovated during the heat of […]

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Information Obesity: Take Responsibility for Your Media Menu

Information Obesity: Take Responsibility for Your Media Menu

Information over-consumption is what a lot of people think they mean when they say information overload.  Information over-consumption makes a lot more sense.  We don’t say that someone is suffering from food overload.  It’s not like fried chickens are offing themselves then jumping into deep fryers and some undead zombie chicken flies out of the […]

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How the Trump Election and Social Media Externalized America’s Dormant Hate | Oliver Luckett

If you look at any of the kind of countercultural theorists that came out of the ’60s at the Berkeley, the Neil Postman’s, the Theodore Roszak’s, they kind of fundamentally, even into the talking heads, they kind of fundamentally they meant something to me when I was studying French literature at Vanderbilt, Renaissance literature, which […]

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How social media changes identity, personality, memory | Parker Posey

How social media changes identity, personality, memory | Parker Posey

I wanted to find a place for myself to cast myself in a book and me starring on paper and play with the persona of the movie star, which I think people are interested in and find entertaining. I always did. And I come from—my family, they’re performative people. But I think every memoir is […]

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How We Chase Dopamine: Porn, Social Media, and Alcohol | Steven Kotler

How We Chase Dopamine: Porn, Social Media, and Alcohol | Steven Kotler

Peter Drucker famously said if I want to know what you believe I could ask you what you believe and maybe I’ll believe your answer. But show me your calendar and your bank statement and then I’ll really know what’s going on. And what we tried to calculate was the altered state economy. How much […]

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How Social Media Makes Us Angry All the Time | Molly Crockett

How Social Media Makes Us Angry All the Time | Molly Crockett

We live in a world now where there is an economic model that strongly incentivizes online platforms like Facebook, Google, Twitter to capture as much of our attention as possible. The way to do that is to promote content that is the most engaging. And what is the most engaging? Moral content. There was a […]

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The oil wars: How America’s energy obsession wrecked the Middle East | Eugene Gholz

The oil wars: How America’s energy obsession wrecked the Middle East | Eugene Gholz

So for a long time oil has played a special role in American foreign policy and military strategy. Oil is a uniquely important commodity in global affairs. It’s an input to everything in our modern way of life; it’s very important for protecting our prosperity; and at a certain level oil is essential for high-quality […]

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How America Got Divorced from Reality: Christian Utopias, Anti-Elitism, Media Circus | Kurt Andersen

How America Got Divorced from Reality: Christian Utopias, Anti-Elitism, Media Circus | Kurt Andersen

Americans have always been magical thinkers and passionate believers in the untrue. We were started by the Puritans in New England who wanted to create and did create a Christian utopia and theocracy as they waited for the eminent second coming of Christ and the end of days. And in the south by a bunch […]

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Social Media’s Dark Side: How Facebook and Snapchat Try to Steal Our Self-Worth | Tristan Harris

Social Media’s Dark Side: How Facebook and Snapchat Try to Steal Our Self-Worth | Tristan Harris

Well, there’s a really common misconception that technology is neutral and it’s up to us to just choose how to use it. And so we’re sitting there and we’re scrolling and we find ourselves in this kind of wormhole and then we say, “Oh man, like, I should really have more self-control.” And that’s partially […]

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Michio Kaku: The Universe in a Nutshell (Full Presentation)

Michio Kaku: The Universe in a Nutshell (Full Presentation)

My name is Professor Michio Kaku.  I’m a professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York and I specialize in something called string theory.  I’m a physicist. Some people ask me the question, “What has physics done for me lately?  I mean, do I get better color television, do I get better […]

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