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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 Good

On Reality TV

While many decry the merging of news and entertainment, few pay attention to the downstream powerful effects of reality TV on our public life.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 107

The Sustainable

On Hacking Your Brain

This trend travels under many names—biohacking, smart drugs, cognitive enhancers—and represents the confluence of two currents we’ve been tracking.

By Sam Speers | Vol. 107

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

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