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, …

Are We Living in a World Ray Bradbury Tried to Prevent? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Are We Living in a World Ray Bradbury Tried to Prevent?

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Imagine a society where truth and knowledge have no value, people are glued to their screens, and world war feels imminent. Or think of a place …

How Have Women’s Protests Changed History? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

How Have Women’s Protests Changed History?

There are few forces of nature more formidable than a group of women fed up with the status quo. From the French Revolution—which was sparked in part by a 7,000-woman march from Paris to Versailles—to Black Lives Matter—which was founded by three women—some of the most important protest movements in global history have been women-led. In addition to organizing many …

Eduardo Porter and Cynthia Greenlee | Zócalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

How Has Racism Shaped the American Economy?

What is the relationship between American economics and American racism, and can it be severed? How will systemic racism, past and present, slow our emergence from the current downturn? New York Times journalist Eduardo Porter, author of the new book American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise, visits Zócalo with historian and writer Cynthia Greenlee to explore economic disparities …

How Can Humans Coexist with Monster Wildfires? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

How Can Humans Coexist With Monster Wildfires?

From Australia to the Amazon to the American West, megafires—wildfires that burn more than 100,000 acres of land—have grown so frequent, large, and deadly that they’ve forced a reevaluation of how human societies coexist with fire. In a warming world, governments are confronting whether we must retreat from certain places to survive in a fierier world. Have fires become too …