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The world in 50 years

Will our world be more equal or less equal? Hung Huang, the Chinese TV host and producer, predicts: “It will be worse before it gets better."

The World in 50 Years: Will our world be more equal or less equal?

Perhaps I missed it, but how do you define equal? Without knowing that, how meaningfully can anyone answer the question?

It may well get worse first; in some ways, we’re living through that now (e.g. global wealth, by many measures, is increasingly being consolidated by the 1%).

It’s worth noting, though, that our standards for equality will probably be different in 50 years. Just as many forms of today’s equality did

It may well get worse first; in some ways, we’re living through that now (e.g. global wealth, by many measures, is increasingly being consolidated by the 1%).

It’s worth noting, though, that our standards for equality will probably be different in 50 years. Just as many forms of today’s equality did not exist in popular culture in 1969, we will likely have a greater range of expression when we speak of equality in 2069. However, implementation of these ideas will not be so quick; even if the world becomes more equal by today’s standards, it may well look less equal to the standards of 2069.

How we move

A country’s commuting behavior impacts its media. A reliance on public transit in India has provided an opportunity for short video apps like TikTok and Firework. In comparison, podcasts have gobbled up the media landscape in the car-dependent US.

Long commutes make India perfect for short video apps like TikTok

Q: Why are podcasts so popular in the US?

A: The way we commute affects what media we consume.

Cars = podcasts; Bus/train = video

Here's a closer look at the scene in India.

Even when Indians use cars, many middle class and rich ones have drivers, so they end up watching videos. Podcasts have become popular only among elite, urban folks.

Rules for the rich

Sneaker strategy

Who’s got your data?

You could be reading this a lot more quickly

You've got actual mail

The dread of unsolicited email is fueling the revival of stationery. Getting a long email you’ll feel obligated to answer? Ugh. Getting a handwritten letter in the mail? Heck yes, and it’s coming back.

The dread of unsolicited email is fueling the revival of personal stationery

Oh hooray! What a hole in the market this was. Most personalized stationery is either prohibitively expensive or oddly generic. I've been writing more letters lately and have gotten such appreciative replies from the recipients. And while isn't the point, I've found it to be such a satisfying way to

Oh hooray! What a hole in the market this was. Most personalized stationery is either prohibitively expensive or oddly generic. I've been writing more letters lately and have gotten such appreciative replies from the recipients. And while isn't the point, I've found it to be such a satisfying way to reflect on my own feelings for someone special, and communicate them in an unhurried way (that can in turn be consumed on someone's own terms). These are going to look really nice with some Ellsworth Kelly stamps.

News news

Global terrorism

Hollywood heavyweights

He may not be Mister Rogers, but he’s not far off. The New York Times admits that telling saintly stories about legitimately saintly celebrities doesn’t make for the most exciting stories, but in this case, it’s the only available option.

This Tom Hanks Story Will Help You Feel Less Bad

'Spielberg once said about him, “If Norman Rockwell were alive today, he would paint a portrait of Tom.”'

That, along with new knowledge on how he's related to ABRAHAM LINCOLN, just gets you all more warmed up for this wonderful profile of the esteemed actor.

Also:

"It was then that he [Tom Junod

'Spielberg once said about him, “If Norman Rockwell were alive today, he would paint a portrait of Tom.”'

That, along with new knowledge on how he's related to ABRAHAM LINCOLN, just gets you all more warmed up for this wonderful profile of the esteemed actor.

Also:

"It was then that he [Tom Junod] met Mister Rogers, who prayed for him and his family every day, and who kept a file on Junod, which the screenwriters, Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, found in Rogers’ archives in Pittsburgh. In that file, he laid out four pillars of journalism that he hoped Junod would stick to: 1. Journalists are human beings not stenographers, human beings not automatons. 2. Point out injustice when you have to. 3. Point out beauty when you can. 4. Be aware of celebrating the wonders of creation."

Sincerely, Quartz

Close

Syrian Kurds feel abandoned by the US. “You are leaving us to be slaughtered,” Kurdish general Mazloum Kobani reportedly told American officials. He warned that his army will be forced to turn to Russia for help in the absence of US protection.

Read more on Quartz

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  • While Americans are distracted by an impeachment inquiry, Turkey is shelling Kurdish towns in northern Syria. Torn in a war between two allies, Trump has chosen not to stand up for the underdog Kurds who have helped the US in the fight against ISIS for the last five years. Critics of his inaction say

    While Americans are distracted by an impeachment inquiry, Turkey is shelling Kurdish towns in northern Syria. Torn in a war between two allies, Trump has chosen not to stand up for the underdog Kurds who have helped the US in the fight against ISIS for the last five years. Critics of his inaction say the president is complicit in ethnic cleansing.

  • General Kobani is correct, and the President and his administration should be ashamed. Is this how we treat our allies in the most volatile area of the world?

  • Absolutely disgusting, and exactly what anyone remotely knowledgeable would expect. Trump’s stupidity has made the US complicit in an ethnic cleansing— not just by standing by as it happened, but by actively stepping aside to allow it— and has created a shame that will hang over this country forever

    Absolutely disgusting, and exactly what anyone remotely knowledgeable would expect. Trump’s stupidity has made the US complicit in an ethnic cleansing— not just by standing by as it happened, but by actively stepping aside to allow it— and has created a shame that will hang over this country forever.

    History will judge this moment harshly.

    The Kurds put a lot on the line to help us against ISIS, as they believed that for all our faults America’s fundamental ideals would drive us to help and protect them in return. Trump’s snap decision has obliterated all of our remaining national credibility; the message is that it doesn’t matter how closely or effectively someone cooperates with us, as soon as the partnership becomes slightly inconvenient we’ll stab them in the back without a second thought.

  • We cannot have it both ways. We can’t cry “illegal war, bring the troops home”, and then shriek about “our principles and standing in the international community”. Anyone here fretting over the fate of the Kurds should have to go explain to someone’s mother why their son or daughter is coming home in

    We cannot have it both ways. We can’t cry “illegal war, bring the troops home”, and then shriek about “our principles and standing in the international community”. Anyone here fretting over the fate of the Kurds should have to go explain to someone’s mother why their son or daughter is coming home in a pinewood box. I don’t think “to protect the Kurds” will be a satisfying answer.