School Walkouts: An Irresponsible Tool of Mob Rule (Ochlocracy)

Photo: 1969 Harvard Walkout There are many ways to demonstrate for policy change. We would expect places of learning for intelligent students led by mature and erudite teachers, to choose methods like debates, briefings, seminars, and councils. The school walkout is not new, nor is it clever, nor does it present its teachers and students … Continue reading School Walkouts: An Irresponsible Tool of Mob Rule (Ochlocracy)

Pseudo-anonymous Superheroes

Bane vs. Batman in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises Is a person who hides their true identity a cowardly menace or a noble hero? Why might a typical citizen consider hiding their true identity? History, movies, and literature provide us with endless examples. Those who saw Batman: The Dark Knight Rises were treated to a … Continue reading Pseudo-anonymous Superheroes

How to Use the News in The Information Age

"He who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors." – Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Norvell, Jun. 11, 1807 We're supposed to use the news to understand the world beyond our direct experience. That simple purpose is often neglected, as people unconsciously take stories for granted. … Continue reading How to Use the News in The Information Age