Not All News Is Bad News: Trump v. Planet Earth

Historians may one day look back upon these days of the Trump administration as an unintended stress test for the already eroded institutions of American democracy…It is encouraging to see some signs of resilience in the US, that offer a hopeful possibility for our own future.

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It Ain’t Necessarily So: The Internet Killed the Mom and Pop Shop

This is, after all, the standard narrative that we hear. Silicone Valley vs Main Street in a cage match where only one challenger will emerge alive, and whether or not the fight is fixed, we all know who’s going to win. It’s common sense, the Way of the World, and there’s nothing to be done about it; everybody knows that, right?

Letters From The Editor: Whitesplaining Black Lives Matter

To be sure, black activists have no obligation to make white people feel comfortable about confronting the racism in our society. In fact, making people uncomfortable is what any force for positive change should do. But there’s also something to be said for not being an asshole, especially to people that may want to be on your side.

Music and News Pairings: Inauguration Day

We want to sympathize with Screamin Jay, just as we want to empathize with the “economically anxious,” overwhelmingly white, Trump voter. Clearly, they have been wronged after putting their faith in the unfaithful. But there is something more sinister going on here, if the necromantic imagery didn’t clue you in.