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What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

The Prosperous

iPhone Killer: The Secret History of the Apple Watch

David Pierce unveils the counterintuitive logic behind the Apple Watch: a technological innovation designed to reduce the disruptive effect of technological innovations.

By David Pierce | Vol. 5

The True

What is College For?

Video | In a conversation at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Brooks and Deresiewicz raise questions about the nature of higher education in our time.

By William Deresiewicz and David Brooks | Vol. 5

The True

Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

A former Yale educator and Columbia alumnus challenges the underlying logic of the self-perpetuating Ivy League “meritocracy.”

By William Deresiewicz | Vol. 5

The Good

Wither Adulthood?

Sociologist James Davison Hunter historicizes the concept of “adulthood,” and unveils our lack of agreement on its institutional location in our current moral order.

By James Davison Hunter | Vol. 5

The True

The Organization Kid

In a seminal 2001 essay, David Brooks diagnoses the meritocratic turn in higher education, a trend which has only accelerated in the fifteen years since.

By David Brooks | Vol. 5

The True

Apple Watch, Ivy Leagues, & Adulthood

An introduction to this week's Culture Briefing, which includes articles on the Apple Watch, the Ivy League, and the nature of adulthood.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 5

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