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Fact-Checking Won’t Save Us – Arc Digital

In the age of the pandemic, “fake news” has once again become the subject of a very special type of hand-wringing. We long ago accepted the permanent fixture of fake news as part of our information ecosystem. But COVID’s spread has made…

Against Latin Virtue Signaling – Arc Digital

Although the phrase in the title means different things to different people, I take the approach that “virtue signaling” involves claiming a desirable trait without inhabiting it. This means that the pursuit of virtue involves living it.…

White People Behaving Badly – Arc Digital

If you’ve spent any time on social media over the past week, you’ve probably seen the video of Amy Cooper, a white woman in New York, calling the police after a dispute with a black man named Christian Cooper (no relation) who asked her…

Health and Heaven – Arc Digital

The other day, the debate over the COVID-19 lockdowns took a theological turn — not for the first time — when psychologist and Enlightenment values champion Steven Pinker posted an inflammatory tweet blaming belief in the afterlife for…

Of Masks and Men – Arc Digital

Though not specifically enumerated in the Bill of Rights, some folks treasure the right to be epically offended by the minor inconveniences of life. Wielding the rhetoric of freedom like William Wallace’s great sword, they see themselves…

All or Nothing – Arc Digital

In February of 2018, NPR tweeted: “‘Believe all women’ has been the rallying cry of the #MeToo movement — a mantra embraced by some but dismissed by others as naive. The tension over the credibility of women is nothing new, especially in…

The Ballad of 6ix9ine – Arc Digital

Tekashi 6ix9ine is making a cynical bet on himself, and on us. The Brooklyn-born 24-year-old rapper built his career on infamy, outrageousness, face tattoos, a frisson of criminality, actual criminality, and yelling. After a raft of…