Attorney and free speech advocate Greg Lukianoff (of the Foundation For Individual Rights in Higher Education) and NYU social psychologist Jonathan Haidt are very familiar with censorship controversies. Both have extensively worked with and around stakeholders on college campuses.
Previously, I wrote an expanded review of their 2018 book entitled The Codding of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting up a Generation for Failure. They recall how the genesis for this book was their coauthored August 2015 article in The Atlantic:
We suggested that students were beginning to react to words, books, and visiting speakers…
As someone who is anti-censorship, I was very curious to read the perspectives of two left-leaning academic minds who’ve seen firsthand how so-called “cancel culture” is playing out across college campuses.
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting up a Generation for Failure provides us with 269 pages documenting the cautionary tales presented when neoliberalism, political correctness, and bureaucracy collide.
Greg Lukianoff, the President of FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), along with Jonathan Haidt, a renowned NYU psychology professor, divide their book into four main sections spread out over thirteen chapters…
For all of us superfans of Survivor, it’s been a long sixteen months since our most recent episode, the May 2020 finale of Survivor: Winners at War (Season 40). Granted, we all understood the necessity of waiting out the pandemic until it was safer and more feasible for the next cast and crew to film. But that didn’t make the wait itself any less hard.
Some fans binged on Survivor-related podcasts, competed in ORGs (aka “Online Reality Games” — I myself host a Survivor-themed franchise), or just hit the message boards to chat with other fans. …
Amongst ABC’s rostrum of single-camera family comedies, Home Economics is the latest entry. Having premiered last April, this sitcom garnered between 2–3 million Nielsen viewers per week. Nestled between The Goldbergs and The Conners on Wednesday nights, it retained enough of its bulwarks’ audiences to be considered a modest success.
For more than a decade, I’ve enjoyed the comedic timing of single-cam sitcom families on ABC (to clarify: a single-camera comedy is filmed in the style of The Office, Young Sheldon, Schitt’s Creek, and Arrested Development, as opposed to multi-camera sitcoms filmed in front of live studio audiences or with…
As our society reflects upon the twenty-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, everyone seems to have their own memories about where they were when it happened. Some were in a classroom. Others were getting ready for work or having breakfast. Yet others were already at work, focusing on a specific task or conflict when the first tower fell.
I was asleep. Literally.
After all of these years, I still can’t figure out why I have so much guilt about that fact. …
Like most people, I don’t get enough exercise. Walking long distances — especially on nice days — is one of the most reliable ways to keep one’s muscles strong. It can help with preventing body fat from accumulating too quickly. It uplifts your psyche, especially when you stroll past beautiful landscaping and decorative motifs.
When I was a kid, however, there was one common creature that terrorized me to the point where I cooped myself up indoors.
Not the rarity of stray, rabid dogs. But loose dogs who wandered off their property even though their masters assumed that they…
Normally, I’m not a proponent of quotas. Narrowly-tailored affirmative action policies, yes. But tokenizing people (racially, or otherwise) usually doesn’t lead to any place good.
That’s why I found myself experiencing a bit of delighted cognitive dissonance when CBS announced, back in November of last year, how it would create a target rate of 50% for BIPOC contestants when casting its top reality shows. Most prominently, this will affect Survivor, Big Brother, and The Amazing Race (and I’m a big fan of all three!)…but also other future unscripted programs, presumably including Tough as Nails or Undercover Boss.
Last week, Prism & Pen editor James Finn challenged our community to self-reflect as part of a writing prompt. He asked us to consider the following question, which I’ve paraphrased into my own words:
How can Queer people become better allies to other Queer people, within our community as a whole?
It’s a thought-provoking query, and there are undoubtedly many examples. But why not start with the basics?
Our sex lives.
That’s the main reason why the heteronormative world seems to have such a problem with us, right? Because we aren’t dutifully raising traditional nuclear families according to 1950s-style gender…
Culture writer and journalist Anne Helen Petersen has written extensively about an array of issues related to pop culture and politics alike. She has an astute skill at assessing celebrities and the ways in which they are piped into (or fail to be) the pulse of their audiences.
Previously, I wrote an expanded review of her 2020 book entitled Can’t Even: How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation. As Petersen drives a comprehensive historical analysis of how Millennials arrived at our dejected and pariah-like status, here are some of her most astute passages and quotations:
The name “[M]illennial” — and much…
When I first heard about this book dedicated to the historical chronology and sociological travails of my own generation (“Generation Y”), I jumped at the chance to read it. While slightly flawed in places, Anne Helen Petersen’s extensive research provides a path forward for those of us Millennials who want to savor generational pride while avoiding the trap of gratuitously putting down other age groups.
Can’t Even: How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation offers up 254 pages of cerebral socioeconomic analysis interspersed with powerful personal narratives (including several from the author herself).
To gain insight on why Millennials are so…