Culture Briefing


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

Boston Globe

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

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Why We Can't Look Away From Our Screens

The New York Times

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

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'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.

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The Binge Breaker

The Atlantic

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

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