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 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

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