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 Loneliness and Addictive Technology

This week’s pieces bridge two of our standing interests: the quiet desperation of loneliness in America, and the role our gadgets play in reshaping social life.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 88

The Good

The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness.

Billy Baker, a Southie native now writing for the Globe, reflects on the challenges of friendship and loneliness among middle-aged men.

By Billy Baker | Vol. 88

The Good

Why We Can't Look Away From Our Screens

Alter argues that the best term to describe our relationship with our incredibly powerful personal technologies is “behavioral addiction.”

By Adam Alter and Claudia Dreifus | Vol. 88

The Good

'Irresistible' By Design: It's No Accident You Can't Stop Looking At The Screen

Alter talks about his new book with NPR’s Fresh Air.

By Dave Davies and Adam Alter | Vol. 88

The Good

The Binge Breaker

Harris, a former “design ethicist” at Google, places much of the blame for addictive technology at the feet of app designers and engineers.

By Bianca Bosker | Vol. 88

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