The topic of the day is authority figures: police, teachers, parents and correctional officers.
Critical theorist Bernard Harcourt coined the term to describe our present culture, in which authorities consolidate their power by exploiting our eagerness to volunteer personal information through technology and social media.
Those who fight against neoliberalism must not settle for reforming a system that is as broken as it is dangerous. Any viable, transformative struggle will need a boldly democratic vision; durable, longstanding organizations; and strategies that make politics meaningful.
People in power and bureaucrats seem exceptionally obtuse when it comes to recognizing that the world has changed and the old rules no longer apply.
Some 50 years after the infamous Milgram experiments, Australian psychologist Gina Perry writes, "The standard account suggests that ordinary people can be manipulated into behaving in ways that contradict their morals and values -- that you or I could be talked into torturing a man But could we?"Can "you or I be talked into torturing a man"? author Gina Perry wonders .
The dramatic recreation of the rebel artist's 81 days in detention at the hands of the Chinese government is about how an authoritarian state maintains tenuous control over the thoughts and behavior of its citizens.
A new study mirroring the infamous 1963 Milgram experiment has suggested that humans will still follow authority's beckon, even to the point of killing another person. The new report, timely considering the current debate around torture in the U.S., argues that it's not that humans are bad, but that "a massive social influence [is] going on."
Calls made to the Palestinian territories will carry their own designation, rather than appearing on AT&T bills as calls to Israel.
An administration official has indicated the United States may loosen its control over the Internet. The statement comes as something of a surprise after last year?s announcement by the Bush administration that the U.S. has no intention of relinquishing authority over its own invention.