Many people tell the journalist they’re indifferent to the NSA snooping through their data, but he has a great response; the language you speak may have an effect on your moral choices; meanwhile, the future of books in the digital age remains uncertain. These discoveries and more below.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
Glenn Greenwald: ‘What I Tell People Who Say They Don’t Care About Their Privacy’
Since he obtained and published Edward Snowden’s leaked National Security Agency documents a little more than a year ago, journalist Glenn Greenwald said people have told him over and over that government surveillance does not concern them.
The Diminishing Returns of Tricking China’s Censors
Censorship has forced Chinese activists to use increasingly obscure language on social media, isolating themselves from those they hope to reach.
Student-Debt Debate Is Stoked by Caveats About Data
A debate is raging about whether rising student-loan debt constitutes an existential crisis in American higher education or the natural outcome of more Americans’ pursuing a college degree.
The Digital Future of the Book Could Be Anything
Following great success in the U.S., the first book hackathon in the UK’s results suggest the book is going to change, but it will still be a book, reports Monty Munford
A Century of the Readymade
Duchamp’s influence is in evidence at the fair, but can today’s artists reimagine his idea?
Moral Judgments Depend on What Language We’re Speaking
On June 20, 2003, employees of the Union Pacific Railroad faced a difficult decision as a runaway train headed toward downtown Los Angeles: Should they divert the train to a side track, knowing it would derail and hit homes in the less populated city of Commerce, Calif.?
This Is Your Brain on Writing
A novelist scrawling away in a notebook in seclusion may not seem to have much in common with an NBA player doing a reverse layup on a basketball court before a screaming crowd.
Meet Soundhawk: The Tiny Device That Gives You Bionic Hearing
Soundhawk is a little ear piece with a big job.
Predatory Capitalism, Oligarch Parties
An interview with Lawrence Wilkerson about Predatory capitalism, Dual Oligarchic parties, blood on the streets, socialism in capitalism, death of unions, and the secession of California, among other topics.
Hillary Clinton’s Income Inequality Problem Starts with Her Own Income
She is truly well off, and she is a truly terrible class warrior. And in the 2016 election, that’s a true flaw
Key Ruling On New Standard For Review Of Anti-Gay Laws Will Stand
The 9th Circuit won’t give further review to an earlier decision that gives laws that treat people differently based on sexual orientation additional scrutiny.