Israel’s Zionism turned capitalism is getting out of hand; Postmodernism is dead, leaving many to question what it was in the first place; meanwhile, the Americas are projected to replace the Middle East as the energy capital of the world. 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.
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Israel’s swinish Zionism ought to be stopped
Israel tycoons have woken up to the new reality; they’re beginning to pay the price for their behavior—their capitalism has been defined as swinish.
Postmodernism is dead
A new exhibition signals the end of postmodernism. But what was it? And what comes next?
The Debt Crisis at American Colleges
Borrowing looms large in American life from homes to cars. But the explosion of student debt in the last decade is a pernicious trend that the colleges themselves are encouraging.
George W. Obama?
Those first acts of that first shining full day in the Oval Office are now so forgotten, but on January 21, 2009, among other things, Barack Obama promised to return America to “the high moral ground,” and then signed a straightforward executive order “requiring that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed within a year.”
Is Netflix Hated Enough To Inspire A ‘Netflix Killer’?
Many have threatened to leave Netflix. But do they have anywhere to go? Supposed “Netflix killers” ... are going after its customers—even if they offer very different services, and in certain instances, more expensive prices.
Michele Bachmann’s Auschwitz Warning
In 2002, the tea party leader and GOP presidential candidate filmed a movie that warned Minnesota’s educational standards could lead to a second Holocaust.
The World Will Be More Crowded—With Old People
The U.N. now projects that over the next 40 years, more than half (58 percent) of the world’s population growth will come from increases in the number of people over 60, while only 6 percent will come from people under 30.
The Americas, Not the Middle East, Will Be the World Capital of Energy
For half a century, the global energy supply’s center of gravity has been the Middle East. This fact has had self-evidently enormous implications for the world we live in—and it’s about to change.
The Pentagon’s Spending Spree
Like so much else, when it comes to the American military, all comparisons are ludicrous. In any normal sense, the United States stands alone in military terms.