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Communicative Insanity
The Death of the Neutral Public Sphere

The “marketplace of ideas” looks as corrupt in 2019 as the “free market” did in 2008.

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Getting to Quality
Breaking the Polarization Spiral

How can we encourage the public to consume less “junk” news? It won’t be easy.

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The New Public Square
How (Not) to Regulate the Internet

We should be more focused on protecting user rights than on policing content itself.

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Cultural Recovery
Zelensky, the Post-Soviet Man

Part of Zelensky’s appeal is that he offers a way for people who still feel close to Soviet and Russian pop culture to become politically European.

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Demand Transparency
The Online Tempest, And How To Tame It

The internet is rapidly eroding what Joseph Pieper once called “the right to our share in reality.” We won’t recover that share unless we start insisting on transparency.

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Trollocracy
Defending Journalists in an Era of “Destroyed Rights”

The vicious digital campaign to silence Filipino news site Rappler and its editor Maria Ressa makes clear that it’s time for a new accord on human rights online.

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Losing the Narrative
Under the Information Rubble

What happens when the stories through which we make sense of the world collapse?

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English Irony
The New British Exceptionalism

For all their differences, Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson both link humor, national identity, and an attachment to England’s imperial importance in ways that point to common national pathologies.

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Of Sausages and Kings
Individualism and the Disinformation State

Freedom of speech, freedom to access and produce information, and a hyper-individualized sense of “self”—all symbols of the 20th-century struggle for human rights—have been turned on their head by savvy, repressive regimes.

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Our Russian Future
The Age of Flux

The future arrived in Russia first, and then spread to the West, with all the now too-familiar negative consequences. But for all its tragedy, there was also a sense of possibility then—as now.

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