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 True

On Going to College (and Growing Up)

As students of all ages celebrate graduations, and teachers strike across the country, it’s a good time to think deeply about the value and purpose of education, and its role in the mysterious phenomenon called “growing up.”

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 107

The True

Drugs, College, and Reality TV

From time to time we like to draw your attention to previous editions of Culture Briefing, for the simple reason that learning to name the climate requires sustained attention to cultural trends as they develop and change.

By The New City Commons Staff | Vol. 107

The Just

Human Flow

A Chinese artist’s powerful campaign to highlight the humanity of migrants, filmed over the course of one year across twenty-three countries.

By Ai Weiwei | Vol. 106

The Just

Inside China's Vast New Experiment in Social Ranking

The Chinese government has begun a massive program to track “social credit,” potentially in partnership with Chinese social media and finance corporations.

By Mara Hvistendal | Vol. 106

The Just

On Citizenship

Immigration issues accentuate one of the basic challenges of contemporary life: navigating the tension between the rights of citizens and the obligations of neighbors.

By Emily Gum | Vol. 106

The True

On Believing What You See

The spread of “deepfake” technology could shatter the credibility of video evidence, one of our last remaining sources for a widely shared sense of reality and truth.

By Travis Pickell | Vol. 105

The True

How a Creepy Internet Trend Could Threaten Democracy

Once the pet-project of an obscure group of Reddit users, the practice of pasting celebrity faces onto videos has given rise to an explosion of “deepfakes,” pornographic and otherwise.

By Kristen Dold | Vol. 105

The True

The Era of Fake Video Begins

Social insitutions have long “helped people coalesce around a consensus...about how to describe the world, albeit a fragile consensus that has been unraveling in recent years.”

By Franklin Foer | Vol. 105

The True

For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.

After two months of reading print news only, Manjoo reports being blissfully unaware of a host of false and misleading claims about current events.

By Farhad Manjoo | Vol. 105

The Just

Short Cuts

Davies comments on the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal, and what we should learn from it.

By William Davies | Vol. 104

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