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Posted inSocial Media

Kanye’s Parler, Musk’s Twitter, WeChat’s fake news: Our digital crisis deepens

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s been a “pick your poison” week for problems with our information networks: from the world’s richest person using Twitter for complex foreign policy, to a prominent US musician laying claim to a far-right social media platform, to the alarm continuing to sound on US midterm misinformation circulating on poorly regulated China-based chat apps. While […]

Posted inPolitics

Far-right coalition takes power in Italy

Reading Time: 3 minutes The most right-wing government since Mussolini is forming a government in Italy after a general election this past weekend. This comes as no surprise and accords with polling that preceded the election, causing further alarm for those who are worried about Europe, and the wider world, lurching to the right. The party that won the […]

Posted inPolitics

Why are so many evangelicals so un-Christian?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Even conservative American evangelicals are becoming increasingly aware—and alarmed—that so many of their fellow brethren continue to model decidedly un-Christian behavior while devotedly embracing the aggressive, heretical cruelties of their beloved but former president, Donald Trump. The nation’s destructive current right-wing religio-political zeitgeist of culture-war rage, paranoia, and meanness is summarized in disquieting detail in […]

Posted inPolitics

Why the U.S. desperately needs a domestic anti-disinformation agency

Reading Time: 6 minutes A new anti-disinformation agency in Sweden is simultaneously encouraging and discouraging in the realm of public free speech and truth. On Jan. 1, the government of this progressive, Scandinavian nation established the Swedish Psychological Defense Agency (SPDA). Its fundamental purpose is “to safeguard our open and democratic society, the free formation of opinion and Sweden’s […]

Posted inComedy

Why Conservative Comedy Isn’t Funny

Reading Time: < 1 minute I am preparing this morning for the net interview for MythVision on my Resurrection book (The Resurrection: A Critical Examination of the Easter Story [UK]) – today, we are talking empty tomb. It’ll be a live stream taking place at around 09:20 am EST. In the meantime, check this out. As ever, Cody Johnston’s Some More […]

Posted inPolitics

The Left and Their Cancel Culture!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Goddamned lefties and their cancel culture, as the Boston Globe reports: As the debate over the teaching of critical race theory in the classroom intensifies across the country, the firing of a Tennessee teacher last month emerged as a flashpoint in the discussion over the weekend. Matthew Hawn, who had been a tenured teacher at the Sullivan […]

Posted inPolitics

We’re Still Not Going to Hell in a Handcart

Reading Time: 10 minutes I wrote about this years back when Steven Pinker produced his book The Better Angels of Our Nature, in which he set out that things, despite what we are constantly told, are not getting worse. In fact, they are getting better across pretty much every metric (overpopulation and environment aside). Pinker’s new book Enlightenment Now, deals with the […]

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