Entertainment: The Real Value of Journalism? [In the Aftermath of Sam Nunberg’s Meltdown]

Until the mid-1830s, American journalism existed for politics. That is, most newspapers were supported by the largess of the politicians they supported. There were no government printing offices and the newspapers were products… Continue reading

Choosing Carefully

In a Facebook post linking to this article about the young anti-AR-15 activist David Hogg, NYU Culture and Communications professor Mark Crispin Miller wrote, “This kid may not be a crisis actor, but… Continue reading

February 8, 1968: George Wallace for President?

Originally posted on 1968: Nothing Is Revealed:
By George Wallace presidential campaign, 1968 – http://ronwade.freeservers.com/bumperstickersa11a.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61648521 George Wallace, segregationist par excellence, declares himself as an independent candidate for president on this day in…

“I Love a Parade”

On Bastille Day in 1965, I was a 13-year-old in Paris. On our way home from a year living in Thailand, my family was staying in the apartment of a college friend of… Continue reading

The Lost Tapes

This morning, the first day of the semester, I was babbling and told a story, a true one, that normally I elide. A colleague and I were talking about artifacts from earlier technologies… Continue reading

“Shallow Draughts Intoxicate the Brain”

Maybe we should be having an Alexander Pope moment: A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely… Continue reading

Mount Vernon in America Today

Can we maintain adoration when our beloved is stripped of aspiration, only flaws remaining? That’s what I’ve been asking, these past weeks, and I am getting more and more depressed that I have… Continue reading

New Divisions–Or Just Old Ones Renewed?

BY AARON BARLOW David Brooks writes in today’s The New York Times of “the fact that we’ve regressed from a sophisticated moral ethos to a primitive one.” This has always been a favorite… Continue reading

Taking the Fight Where It Belongs

It’s been a bad year. Not just for higher education. And not just at it winds down. The coming 2018 does not bode well for American colleges and universities. For one thing, the… Continue reading

A Wild Ride Coming?

At least since the 1960s, the Republican Party has been working to build a solid white base that it can use for winning elections against a much less cohesive opposition. Its strategists turned… Continue reading