Information Is Free … Now What?

For the overwhelming majority of human history, access to information has been severely limited. Sometimes, this was because the authorities (secular or religious) suppressed unsanctioned ideas, but usually it was the result of simple logistics: if you couldn’t find a living expert or an authoritative Read More …

Technology, Advertising, and the Golden Calf

Have you seen the Chevy truck commercial where the “not an actor” guy actually falls to his knees in front of a Silverado? It’s one of the most literal examples I’ve seen of something Neil Gaiman pointed out in his terrific novel, “American Gods” – Read More …

It’s Time To Admit That Neo-Nazis Are Real

When I was 11 years old, my dad gave me the Smithsonian Book of Comic Book Comics for my birthday. This wonderful anthology collected many of the most historically-significant stories in comic book history, including the first appearances of Superman and Batman. Near the end Read More …

Solving The Mystery of “Active Killers”

Why would a young man arm himself with a gun or knife, go to an unprotected area full of defenseless strangers, and try to kill as many people as possible, usually including himself? The “Active Killer” – that most modern of criminals – is perhaps Read More …

“Range 15” And The Veteran-Civilian Divide (Podcast #10)

In this episode, I chat with Anthony Curtis, an Army combat veteran who served in Iraq, about the veteran-produced zombie comedy, “Range 15.” As it turned out, discussing “Range 15” opened the door to a great conversation about the many challenges that veterans face, and Read More …