Reimagining the Common Good


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 Good

On Reality TV

An introduction to this week’s articles, on the implications of America’s fascination with reality TV.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 72

The Good

The Reality of Reality TV

Ours is a society that honors the “special celebration of ordinary living itself”—sometimes, by watching our peers do things we can do ourselves.

By Mark Greif | Vol. 72

The Good

The pleasure of their pain

In Ungar-Sagon’s view, what drives the proliferation of reality TV, and the absurd lengths producers will traverse in search of a niche hit, is our need for catharsis.

By Batya Ungar-Sargon | Vol. 72

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