The Strange Theater of Watching the Inauguration on Social Media

The Strange Theater of Watching the Inauguration on Social Media

What Americans saw on Wednesday was different from Inauguration Day four years ago in other ways.They saw musical performances by Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Garth Brooks—a lineup that would look strange on concert poster but felt unifying on the first day of a new presidency.

The DC Insurrection Lays Bare the Fiction of America

The DC Insurrection Lays Bare the Fiction of America

That fiction was on grand display Wednesday when a mob of President Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol as lawmakers were voting to confirm the presidential election results.It was photographed by Saul Loeb and depicts three rioters in repose.

How My Record Player Helped Me Feel the Music

How My Record Player Helped Me Feel the Music

The last thing I'm going to tell you to do is to buy a turntable and a pair of powered speakers, especially in the middle of a pandemic and an economic crisis when millions of Americans are facing eviction at the start of the new year.We recommend a record player as low as $150 in our Best Turntables guide .

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

As World War II may seem to baby boomers and 9/11 to Gen Z, children born during and after 2020 may view memories of the pandemic, the smoke-choked orange skies over Australia and the American West, protests in the streets, an endless election, and a hologram of a deceased father wishing his daughter a happy birthday as a bizarre fairytale.

The First Shots, Grim Milestones, and More Coronavirus News

The First Shots, Grim Milestones, and More Coronavirus News

An FDA advisory panel authorizes the first vaccine, the US hits grim milestones, and cases rise worldwide.On Thursday, as cases and hospitalization rates rose further, the country hit a grim milestone: The total number of Americans who have died from Covid-19 surpassed the number of US service people who died in combat during World War II.

Orientalism, 'Cyberpunk 2077,' and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction

Orientalism, 'Cyberpunk 2077,' and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction

There is a long and deep Euro-American tradition of using Asian symbolism such as neon signs with Japanese and Chinese lettering to express those feelings about what the future holds, including globalization and the threat of a takeover from the East.

The Free Market Approach to This Pandemic Isn't Working

The Free Market Approach to This Pandemic Isn't Working

This is America’s free market health care system at work: If you can pay more or have the right connections, you get what you need; if you don’t, you suffer.In a free market pandemic, labs, hospitals, and patients are actually competitors.

Meet the Dipper, the Songbird That Swims

Meet the Dipper, the Songbird That Swims

Lospalluto / Flickr I’m snowshoeing through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains when I see a small, nondescript bird at the far edge of the creek.American dippers are small and chunky — about the side of a robin — with grey-blue plumage, a brownish head, pink legs, a short tail, and a white eyelid.

Pfizer Seeks Vaccine Approval, the CDC Urges Restraint, and More Coronavirus News

Pfizer Seeks Vaccine Approval, the CDC Urges Restraint, and More Coronavirus News

Pfizer seeks FDA approval for its vaccine, the CDC urges Americans to avoid Thanksgiving travel, and the federal pandemic response draws renewed concern.The news comes just days after the companies announced they had the data needed to seek emergency use and found the vaccine to be 95 percent effective and safe.

Putting Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max Is a Smart Move

Putting Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max Is a Smart Move

Now, with theater attendance plummeting as Americans quarantine, services like Disney+, Peacock, and HBO Max allow their corporate owners to test whether going straight to consumers with major movie releases the same day they hit the big screen is a viable option.

The Agony and Anxiety of the Internet on Election Night

The Agony and Anxiety of the Internet on Election Night

Sure, no one was live-tweeting the results when Ronald Reagan was elected, but as more Americans came online in the past two decades, our national milestones have, too.

OK, You've Just Won the Election. Now Fix Covid

OK, You've Just Won the Election. Now Fix Covid

When I asked a well-placed and concerned Republican strategist why the Trump administration had not used the DPA more aggressively in the spring, this person told me that doing so would have been seen as a big government solution, which runs against long-established principles of the American conservative movement.

The Senate Race That Could be Pivotal for America—and Wikipedia

The Senate Race That Could be Pivotal for America—and Wikipedia

Among those to receive this Wikipedia boost in the past was a candidate named Joni Ernst, whose page received 13,000 views just before Election Day in 2014.

The 15 Best Horror Movies to Stream This Halloween

The 15 Best Horror Movies to Stream This Halloween

Horror-comedy is not an easy genre to pull off—especially when a movie like John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London has been around for comparison for nearly 40 years.

The Case for Reviving the Civilian Conservation Corps

The Case for Reviving the Civilian Conservation Corps

In 1933, with the country deep in the Great Depression, the United States government created the Civilian Conservation Corps, a work program that gave young men jobs transforming the American landscape.

Another Surge, Vaccine and Treatment Progress, and More Coronavirus News

Another Surge, Vaccine and Treatment Progress, and More Coronavirus News

Americans prepare for another surge in cases, vaccine and treatment approval moves forward, and new partnerships curb coronavirus misinformation.This news comes approximately a week after a massive international trial found that remdesivir does not prevent deaths among patients with severe cases with Covid-19.

Americans Took Prevagen for Years—as the FDA Questioned Its Safety

Americans Took Prevagen for Years—as the FDA Questioned Its Safety

While the existence of adverse event reports alone don’t prove a product is the cause, the nature and pattern of complaints about Prevagen worried FDA officials, according to agency records.

Trump's Un-American Failure to Protect Internet Freedom

Trump's Un-American Failure to Protect Internet Freedom

By the time Edelman was at the White House, “these issues were occupying the agenda of the [National Security Council] Deputies Committee on a very regular basis.” Far from inevitable, it was an intentional bolstering of global work on internet issues—as the internet in other spots on the globe looked increasingly different than that in the United States.

Treatment and Vaccine Trials Are Halted, US Cases Rise, and More Coronavirus News

Treatment and Vaccine Trials Are Halted, US Cases Rise, and More Coronavirus News

Treatment and vaccine trials are halted, the US forges ahead with its decentralized response, and new revelations about American society and institutions underscore the deadly toll of the virus.

Does the House Antitrust Report Mean That Tech Is Evil?

Does the House Antitrust Report Mean That Tech Is Evil?

Maybe it wasn’t the corrupting nature of tech that made these companies break bad, but the fact that their dizzying growth drew them into the power trip that characterizes the unrestrained, Hobbesian way we do business in America.

QAnon Supporters Aren’t Quite Who You Think They Are

QAnon Supporters Aren’t Quite Who You Think They Are

Polls show that some 7 percent of Americans believe in or support QAnon, the cultish conspiracy theory and community that originated in online message boards in late 2017.

A Dangerous Year in America Enters Its Most Dangerous Month

A Dangerous Year in America Enters Its Most Dangerous Month

That was true even before Thursday night, when a virus that should have been easy to keep away from a responsible White House sidelined entire ranks of West Wing staff, senior Republican leaders, and hospitalized the president himself .Now, instead of a country focused on successfully defending and executing a rapidly approaching and logistically complex election, the United States is as splintered and distracted as it has been in modern history.

Hulu's Monsterland Is America

Hulu's Monsterland Is America

Sharp-toothed mermaids swim in the oceans, demon-eyed horn players roam the French Quarter of New Orleans, shadows plot families’ destruction, a greasy pelican erupts from an oil company CEO’s body like the chestburster in Alien—but the real dread, and the real evil, usually comes from the regular people who cross these monsters’ paths.

Trump Tests Positive for Covid-19, Schools Navigate Reopening, and More Coronavirus News

Trump Tests Positive for Covid-19, Schools Navigate Reopening, and More Coronavirus News

President Trump tests positive, lawmakers consider new approaches to contact tracing and testing, and America’s largest school districts navigate reopening.Thus far, contact-tracing apps haven’t done much to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the US, as different states coordinate patchwork responses and the federal government doesn’t weigh in.

Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

With more Americans than ever working, going to school, and gathering online, social media platforms have an urgent responsibility to step up in order to ensure the integrity of this election.

America’s Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump

America’s Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump

To hear that in his own voice, I think, was one of the most devastating things that has ever happened to science.

Climate Grief Is Burning Across the American West

Climate Grief Is Burning Across the American West

It’s grief over the thousands of structures and at least 33 lives lost so far; grief over another villain conspiring with Covid-19 to lock people indoors; grief that the orange-hued dystopia of Blade Runner is now a reality in smoky San Francisco ; grief over losing any sense of normalcy, or indeed a clear future.

‘Marvel's Avengers’ Is a Multiplayer Hero-Spree You Can Skip

‘Marvel's Avengers’ Is a Multiplayer Hero-Spree You Can Skip

The second half of this opening sequence, which will be familiar to players of the generously sized beta, familiarizes the player with how to play as Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Black Widow.

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

Open source is a technology development and distribution methodology, where the codebase and all development—from setting a roadmap to building new features, fixing bugs, and writing documentation—is done in public.

The FDA's Approach to Covid-19 Is a Bloody Mess

The FDA's Approach to Covid-19 Is a Bloody Mess

The accompanying press release made it clear to all that a clock was ticking: “The Trump administration is imploring Americans … to dramatically increase donations of convalescent plasma by the end of August,” it said.

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