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.

How Technology Gets Us Hooked

The Guardian

Alter reveals the mechanics behind some of the world’s most addicting gaming technologies (podcast also available as an

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How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons

The New York Times

Simple digital prompts, encouragements, and badges have become a core part of Uber’s driver retention strategy.

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