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Too Much Information

Spring 2015 (17.1)

The benefits of an ever-more networked environment are powerful: connectedness, efficiency, and instant access to information. But we may be losing more than our privacy in the digitized info-sphere, including the autonomy and creativity we think it enables.

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Thinking About the Poor

The Hedgehog ReviewFall 2014 (16.3)

What is life like inside the social safety net? How does it feel to fall from the middle class into poverty? Are the poor becoming increasingly invisible to the rest of society? In a year marking the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of the War on Poverty, we devote our fall issue to how we think about the poor.

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Minding Our Minds

The Hedgehog ReviewSummer 2014 (16.2)

Distracted? Having problems focusing? Overwhelmed by emails, texts, and tweets? In “Minding Our Minds,” our editors and writers examine the increasingly parlous state of our minds in the face of the information age’s relentless barrage of media and messages. More than simply a psychological or neurological manifestation, our ability—or inability—to pay attention is a symptom of a larger cultural phenomenon.

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From our Recent Issues

From Summer 2014 (16.2)

Pay Attention!

“If all you ask people to do is pay attention, they will almost inevitably rebel.” Rather than simply compel attention, contends Mark Edmundson, we should cultivate absorption in ourselves and others through the pursuit of honorable vocations or activities that “intensify one’s connection with what is real with the hope of reshaping it for the better.” | Read article >>>

From Summer 2014 (16.2)

Recovering the Vernacular

Thomas Fitzgerald lobbies to recover the vernacular as language rooted in the particulars of place and culture is essential to individual and collective identities. | Read article >>>

From Summer 2013 (15.2)

Resisting Complacency, Fear, and the Philistine: The University and Its Challenges

Technology, as it is now emerging, writes Leon Botstein, is still in a very early stage. As an instrument of university learning, it is a good thing and promising. The error is for scholars and teachers to be against it, in a Luddite fashion. Let us use and integrate it. | Read article >>>

From Fall 2012 (14.3)

Dignity and the Professionalized Body: Truck Driving in the Age of Instant Gratification

Benjamin Snyder writes of his research among truck drivers and others engaged in “unskilled labor”: “My experiences with truck drivers, however, have shown me that what appears on the surface to be ‘unskilled’ labor actually relies on a professional attitude toward the body that calls on workers to cultivate highly specialized forms of corporal expertise.” | Read article >>>

From Fall 2010 (12.3)

Polarization and the Crisis of Legitimacy

“The longstanding debate about consensus and dissensus in American public life is not merely academic. The data collected, the articles and books published, the heated words exchanged amount to much more than intellectuals blowing smoke at each other. The debate matters a great deal. At stake are questions about the legitimacy of American institutions and, in particular, the institutions of democratic governance.” | Read article >>>


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Alan Jacobs has written seventy-nine theses on technology for disputation. A disputation is an old technology, a formal technique of debate and argument that took shape in medieval universities in Paris, Bologna, and Oxford in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. In its most general form, a disputation consisted of a thesis, a counter thesis, and a string of arguments, usually buttressed by citations of Aristotle, Augustine, or the Bible. | Read post >>>

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