The very first things I wrote about the internet were dark: hate groups, right wing extremists, and their ability to do harm in cyberspace. Twenty-three years ago I began an academic relationship […]
Jobs, Zuckerberg, Bezos: what do our titans of tech say about us?
We have met the enemy and he is us Steve Jobs may be the most significant human of the past century. Sure, that’s a huge claim, but with a series of innovations […]
White America still pretending slavery didn’t happen
To be forgiven, one must first repent. Plantations are talking more about slavery — and grappling with visitors who talk back CHARLOTTESVILLE — A Monticello tour guide was explaining how enslaved people […]
The early days of American fascism
The Holocaust ended with the mass murder of millions of Jews, but it started with hatred and laws. We forget this fact at our peril.
Privilege, thy name is Amy Wax
The Amy Wax/UPenn problem isn’t about academic freedom, it’s about unexamined privilege. And firing her won’t solve the problem. The University of Pennsylvania and law professor Amy wax are embroiled in a […]
The end may be nigh, but don’t lose hope
This only starts out doom and gloom You probably don’t need to, but just in case, stop for a moment and think about the headlines of the day, however you’re aware of […]
Abortion laws are about control
Not surprisingly the S&R writers have been participating in an email conversation over the proliferation of extremist abortion laws: Ohio, Georgia, and Alabama specifically. Someone suggested a post about the role of […]
When politicians speak, demand evidence of claims
Demand deeds, not words. Claims of values demand clear demonstrations. In the language of modern American politics (and surely elsewhere), one word has become debased currency. Values. When Bill Clinton said, “I […]
Scholars & Rogues Honors Our 100th Scrogue: Leonardo Da Vinci
Writers, artists, journalists, educators, historians, scientists, engineers … and dreamers of every stripe – all have reason to revere the legacy of the archetypal Renaissance Man. S&R is proud to honor Leonardo […]
Columbine: it was 20 years ago today
It’s been 20 years. I’m not sure I have anything new to say. On April 20, 1999, at 11:19am MDT, the world changed.