Opinion by John Avlon Updated 1301 GMT (2101 HKT) November 22, 2019 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. John Avlon is a CNN senior political analyst. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)America is self-segregating into separate political realities. And partisan media is driving much of this division across new platforms, polarizing for profit while amplifying extreme voices and achieving unprecedented reach -- including the Oval Office. President Donald Trump is a creature of partisan media, having kicked off his political career with regular appearances on Fox News. His obsessive consumption causes him to echo its talking points, often overriding information from US intelligence agencies. This leaves him susceptible to conspiracy theories that have now led to the fourth impeachment inquiry in our history. John Avlon We've always had partisan media in … [Read more...] about Confronting the cult of partisan media
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In December of 2018, I read two New York Times education-related opinion pieces (“What Straight-A Students Get Wrong” and “Are Straight A’s the Road to Success?”) as well as a post by fellow blogger, Peter Gray, “Back Off: It Doesn’t Matter What College Your Kids Attend." These three articles have overlapping themes and provide valuable food for thought—especially as the parent of an 11-year-old who will be applying to college sooner than I can imagine. This post is in response to the abovementioned articles and offers some autobiographical examples of how attending a relatively easy-to-get-into college with no tests or grades has influenced the trajectory of my life in the three decades since I graduated from Hampshire College in 1988. On December 22, the Times published a letter to the editor from Raphael Sherak, who is an alumnus of my alma mater. Sherak writes, “Several colleges, … [Read more...] about Flourishing in Life Does Not Require Straight A’s
Dial Up! How the Hmong diaspora uses the world’s most boring technology to make something weird and wonderful By Mia SatoPhotography byAnnabelle Marcovici & Phyllis B. DooneyIllustration by David Huang Even on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, the radio lines were busy. Other people might send a card or go out for a family breakfast, but on Hmong radio shows, you waited your turn to speak into the ether, to tell strangers across the world about your parents. Some were living, some already dead, and others were still missing years after the war. No matter the specifics, almost every speaker cried, whether in longing, regret, or simply for the foreign feeling of saying out loud what a mother or father meant to them. But what could these strangers listening know about this grief, contained for so long and finally given a place to expand and breathe? Callers joined in from across the US, France, Canada, and Australia, some using fake names to conceal themselves … [Read more...] about Dial up!
I’ve been refreshing Twitter since the Tesla Cybertruck presentation, waiting for Elon Musk to drop a “JK LOL” so we can stop talking about the Participation Award-winning pinewood derby car design that was trotted out on stage. But I guess we’re doing this, so I guess we might as well look at some of the specs. I’m still convinced this is a joke but the int Advertisement Specs sheets from mainstream manufacturers are murky business as it is; specs that were tossed up in a cringey presentation seem dubious at best. But assuming the numbers we’ve now seen on the Tesla Cybertruck are valid, here’s how they’d compare to some other pickups you might be familiar with. One more qualifier: we let each manufacturer present the strongest spec in each measure, assuming the constraints of “four-door, short-bed” configurations. These numbers came from the respective automakers’ consumer and media websites. Dimensions … [Read more...] about How The Tesla Cybertruck Hypothetically Measures Up To Ford F-150 And Other Real Pickups
Congratulations, consumers of taste. You did it. You killed the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. advertisement The onetime television staple, which debuted in 1995 and usually airs in November, will not take place this year, according to Stuart Burgdoerfer, CFO of the brand’s parent company, L Brands, who announced the news in an earnings call yesterday. The cancellation follows steadily declining ratings and attempts to “rethink” the show’s image for younger consumers who saw it as outdated. The fashion show was never the most tasteful affair, and it always made some segment of the population uncomfortable. I mean, think about it: it involved women parading on stage in Victoria’s Secret most risqué bras and panties. In reality, it wasn’t that different from the kind of show you might see at a strip club. But in a clever sleight of hand, Victoria’s Secret managed to give the show a sheen of respectability, and at its peak, … [Read more...] about Why the death of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is an important cultural moment