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.

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On Staying Curious

Three recommendations on the topic of how to stay curious.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 113

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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On Data

With each new high-profile breach, our online lives feel more and more vulnerable. What’s really at stake when we trade our data for access to the platforms and services we rely on?

By Sam Speers | Vol. 104

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Vocation & the Common Good: Philip Lorish

Today’s conversation between Mike Cosper and Philip Lorish is our final episode of the series. In it, they reflect on the series as a whole and the project that inspired it, exploring the obstacles Christians face when living out our faith...

By New City Commons | Vol. 102

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Vocation & the Common Good: Maurice Wallace

Today's conversation is with Dr. Maurice Wallace, Associate Professor of English at the University of Virginia and Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, who describes what...

By New City Commons | Vol. 102

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