Has Hysteria Conquered America? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Has Hysteria Conquered America?

The event will start at 4:00 pm EDT and 9:00 PM GMT.

The United States—once revered for its political stability—now seems gripped by political mania. American discourse, particularly around government and elections, is full of conspiracy theories, paranoia, xenophobia, and overheated denunciations. Such hysteria might be the product of more recent economic dislocation, failed wars, the digital revolution, or divisive elected …

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What Are Today’s L.A. Women Fighting For?

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Women have made Los Angeles one of the nation’s most progressive cities, fighting for their own rights as well as those of children, laborers, immigrants, and other underrepresented groups since well before they gained the right to vote over 100 years ago. The city, which has the lowest gender …

Does a New Wave of Anti-Asian American Racism Require New Ways of Fighting Back? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Does a New Wave of Anti-Asian American Racism Require New Ways of Fighting Back?

The event will start at 12 PM HST and 6 PM EST.

Many Americans of Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian heritage have thrived in the U.S. through perseverance, resilience, education, and upward mobility, despite waves of discrimination both overt and hidden. Now, COVID-19 has escalated xenophobia and anti-Asian prejudices—from references to “Kung Flu” or the “Chinese virus” to acts of violence …

What Do We Need From Campaign Journalism? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

What Do We Need From Campaign Journalism?

The early 20th-century newspaper editor H.L. Mencken loved covering American presidential campaigns, but dismissed the journalism they produced as “paltry” and “worthless.” Such cynicism has never gone out of style. Perhaps no form of journalism has been more maligned than campaign reporting, and yet no form is as talked-about or well-read. Americans love to hate election coverage. What kind of …

How Much Information Is Too Much? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

How Much Information Is Too Much?

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The world is projected to generate 90 zettabytes of data this year and the next. That’s more than all the data produced since the arrival of computers, …