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What Can You Do About QAnon?: A Short Take from Documentary Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lg6cZmfpeM You know that QAnon supporters figured prominently in the Capitol insurrection. Two QAnon conspiracy theorists now hold seats in Congress. And perhaps you read the disturbing profile this weekend about the QAnon supporter who attended the elite Dalton School in Manhattan and then Harvard. So–you’re maybe thinking–it’s finally worth understanding what QAnon is, and what we can do about it. Above, watch a 10 minute Op-Doc from filmmaker Kirby Fer...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Congress, College, Harvard, Current Affairs, Manhattan, Capitol, Facebook Twitter, Dalton School, Kirby Ferguson


How to Talk with a Conspiracy Theorist: What the Experts Recommend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpInOs1Fyno Why do people pledge allegiance to views that seem fundamentally hostile to reality? Maybe believers in shadowy, evil forces and secret cabals fall prey to motivated reasoning. Truth for them is what they need to believe in order to get what they want. Their certainty in the justness of a cause can feel as comforting as a warm blanket on a winter’s night. But conspiracy theories go farther than private delusions of grandeur. They have spilled i...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Politics, College, Current Affairs, Reddit, University of Pennsylvania, Vox, Bill Nye, Daniel, Facebook Twitter, Pew Research, Josh Jones, University of California Irvine, Cass Sunstein, MIT Technology Review


How to Talk with a Conspiracy Theorist (and Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories in the First Place): What the Experts Recommend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpInOs1Fyno Why do people pledge allegiance to views that seem fundamentally hostile to reality? Maybe believers in shadowy, evil forces and secret cabals fall prey to motivated reasoning. Truth for them is what they need to believe in order to get what they want. Their certainty in the justness of a cause can feel as comforting as a warm blanket on a winter’s night. But conspiracy theories go farther than private delusions of grandeur. They have spilled i...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Politics, College, Current Affairs, Reddit, University of Pennsylvania, Vox, Bill Nye, Daniel, Facebook Twitter, Pew Research, Josh Jones, University of California Irvine, Cass Sunstein, MIT Technology Review


Social Psychologist Erich Fromm Diagnoses Why People Wear a Mask of Happiness in Modern Society (1977)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nCzsqKrkhE Modern man still is anxious and tempted to surrender his freedom to dictators of all kinds, or to lose it by transforming himself into a small cog in the machine. —Erich Fromm There are more think pieces published every day than any one person can read about our current moment of social disintegration. But we seem to have lost touch with the insights of social psychology, a field that dominated popular intellectual discourse in the post-war 20t...
Tags: Psychology, Google, College, Current Affairs, Philosophy, Un, Albert Camus, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Erich Fromm, Camus, Durham NC Follow, Maria Popova, Jacobin, Fromm, Frankfurt School


Arnold Schwarzenegger Reflects on the Parallels Between Trumpism & Nazism, and How We Can Save Our Democracy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_P-0I6sAck He grew up in the ruins of World War II–the ruins created by the Nazism and its ideological commitment to conspiracy theories, violence and white supremacy. Based on that formative experience, the former Republican governor offers his take on this week’s coup attempt in Washington: “Being from Europe, I’ve seen how things can spin out of control… We must be aware of the dire consequences of selfishness and cynicism. President Trump sought to ov...
Tags: Google, Europe, College, Washington, Current Affairs, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rick Steves, Trump, Facebook Twitter, Hannah Arendt, Yale Historian Timothy Snyder


Mayhem Inside the Capitol: 40 Minutes of Footage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfiS8MsfSF4 Reporter Ryan Lizza writes: “I don’t think I fully understood what happened Wednesday until I watched this video. It’s long and includes the shooting of one of the rioters, but you will have a new appreciation of the demented psychology coursing through this mob.” This is the insurrection that Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley incited and cheered on. They must all pay a steep price. Warning: The shooting of the rioter is shown at the begin...
Tags: Google, College, Washington, Current Affairs, Itv News, Rick Steves, Capitol, Facebook Twitter, Donald Trump Ted Cruz, Robert Moore, RYAN LIZZA, Hannah Arendt, Josh Hawley


The 25th Amendment: An Introduction

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJlOb7n_iCI Read along with the text of the 25th Amendment online here. And get some background from the Constitution Center here, and Vox’s explainer here. The 25th Amendment: An Introduction is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, or get our Daily Email. And don't miss our big collections of Free Online Courses, Free Online Movies, Free eBooks, Free Audio Books, Free Foreign Language Lessons, and MOOCs.
Tags: Google, College, Current Affairs, Vox, Facebook Twitter


Antonio Gramsci Writes a Column, “I Hate New Year’s Day” (January 1, 1916)

I want every morning to be a new year’s for me. Every day I want to reckon with myself, and every day I want to renew myself. No day set aside for rest. I choose my pauses myself, when I feel drunk with the intensity of life and I want to plunge into animality to draw from it new vigour. “Everyday is like Sunday,” sang the singer of our mopey adolescence, “In the seaside town that they forgot to bomb.” Somehow I could feel the grey malaise of post-industrial Britain waft across the ocean when I...
Tags: Google, Politics, College, History, Britain, Current Affairs, Marilyn Monroe, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Gramsci, Socialist Party, Marvell, Durham NC Follow, Antonio Gramsci, Andrew Marvell, Bob Dylan Woody Guthrie


Your 15 Favorite Posts on Open Culture This Year–and What a Year It Has Been

So, it’s been a year. For those of us in parts of the world where the pandemic still rages uncontained, it’s going to be an even longer winter. It may be utterly trivializing to speak of silver linings when it comes to clouds this size, but there’s no reason not to use our time wisely in quarantine, lockdown, cocooning, or whatever we’re calling it these days. For all of the enormous challenges, outrages, sorrows, and horrors of 2020, natural and manmade, we can be grateful for so many opportun...
Tags: Google, College, New York City, Current Affairs, Bill Murray, Joni Mitchell, Hayao Miyazaki, Grateful Dead, Ipanema, Solnit, Facebook Twitter, Heidegger, John Prine, Josh Jones, Altai Mountains, Rebecca Solnit


15 Posts That Resonated with (and Restored) Open Culture Readers in 2020: What a Year It Has Been

So, it’s been a year. For those of us in parts of the world where the pandemic still rages uncontained, it’s going to be an even longer winter. It may be utterly trivial to speak of silver linings when it comes to clouds this size, but there’s no reason not to use our time wisely in quarantine, lockdown, cocooning, or whatever we’re calling it these days. For all of the enormous challenges, outrages, sorrows, and horrors of 2020, natural and manmade, we can be grateful for so many opportunities...
Tags: Google, College, New York City, Current Affairs, Bill Murray, Joni Mitchell, Hayao Miyazaki, Grateful Dead, Ipanema, Solnit, Facebook Twitter, Heidegger, John Prine, Josh Jones, Altai Mountains, Rebecca Solnit


The UN’s World Happiness Report Ranks “Socialist Friendly” Countries like Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland & Sweden as Among the Happiest in the World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3vsGlAvr04 One of the most pernicious, “dangerous, anti-human and soul-crushing” myths in the business world, writes Liz Ryan at Forbes, is the “idiotic nostrum” that has also crept into government and charitable work: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” The received wisdom is sometimes phrased more cynically as “if you can’t measure it, it didn’t happen,” or more positively as “if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” But “the importan...
Tags: Google, Politics, Sweden, College, Economics, Current Affairs, Un, Albert Camus, Bhutan, Forbes, Buddhist, Bill Maher, Facebook Twitter, Ryan, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow


The UN’s World Happiness Report Ranks “Socialist Friendly” Countries like Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland & Switzerland as Among the Happiest in the World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3vsGlAvr04 One of the most pernicious, “dangerous, anti-human and soul-crushing” myths in the business world, writes Liz Ryan at Forbes, is the “idiotic nostrum” that has also crept into government and charitable work: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” The received wisdom is sometimes phrased more cynically as “if you can’t measure it, it didn’t happen,” or more positively as “if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” But “the importan...
Tags: Google, Politics, College, Economics, Current Affairs, Switzerland, Un, Albert Camus, Bhutan, Forbes, Buddhist, Bill Maher, Facebook Twitter, Ryan, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow


How Do Vaccines (Including the COVID-19 Vaccines) Work?: Watch Animated Introductions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb7TVW77ZCs The other day, I found myself reading about what life is like in countries that have successfully minimized the pandemic: worry free holidays, meeting friends and family without the danger of infection, a general air of normalcy thanks to a combination of rigorous public health efforts and public cooperation. I live in the U.S., where the political party currently in power (and desperate to keep it) convinced millions of my fellow citizens that...
Tags: Health, Google, Science, College, America, United States, Current Affairs, Who, Philadelphia, Pbs, Bmj, Johns Hopkins, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Katherine O'Brien


David Byrne Turns His Acclaimed Musical American Utopia into a Picture-Book for Grown-Ups, with Vivid Illustrations by Maira Kalman

Whatever your feelings about the sentimental, lighthearted 1960 Disney film Pollyanna, or the 1913 novel on which it’s based, it’s fair to say that history has pronounced its own judgment, turning the name Pollyanna into a slur against excessive optimism, an epithet reserved for adults who display the guileless, out-of-touch naïveté of children. Pitted against Pollyanna’s effervescence is Aunt Polly, too caught up in her grown-up concerns to recognize, until it’s almost too late, that maybe it’...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, Life, Disney, Current Affairs, Broadway, Npr, Spike Lee, Meyer, David Byrne, Trump, Pollyanna, Facebook Twitter, Kalman


A Biostatistician Uses Crochet to Visualize the Frightening Infection Rates of the Coronavirus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lxKUulMxH8 Chances are you’ve looked at more graphs this past year than you did over the previous decade — not just while working at home, but while scrolling through cascades of often-troubling quantitative information during your “off” hours as well. This phenomenon has hardly been limited to the Americans who obsessed over the predictions of and returns from their presidential election last month, an event turned practically into a sideshow by the ongo...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Biology, College, Current Affairs, Seoul, Johns Hopkins, Facebook Twitter, Paul Gauguin, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Kathrine Frey Frøslie, Frøslie, Coral Crochet Based


Constantly Wrong: Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson Makes the Case Against Conspiracy Theories

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9v7NGe968M Discordian writer and prankster Robert Anton Wilson celebrated conspiracy theories as decentralized power incarnate. “Conspiracy is just another name for coalition,” he has a character say in The Historical Illuminatus Chronicles. According to Wilson, any sufficiently imaginative group of people can make a fiction real. Another statement of his sounds more ominous, read in the light of how we usually think about conspiracy theory: “Reality is w...
Tags: Google, Politics, College, Iran, History, Current Affairs, Paul Mccartney, Stanley Kubrick, Ferguson, Jfk, Wilson, Facebook Twitter, Roswell, Josh Jones, Contra, Robert Anton Wilson


Watch Sassy Justice, the New Deepfake Satire Show Created by the Makers of South Park

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WfZuNceFDM If any cultural, political, or technological phenomenon of the past couple of decades hasn’t been lampooned by South Park, it probably didn’t happen. But the 21st century has brought forth so much nonsense that even Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of that at once crude and multidimensionally satirical cartoon show, have had to expand into feature films and even onto Broadway to ridicule it all. The latest project takes the humbler but unde...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Comedy, Technology, South Park, Youtube, College, White House, Current Affairs, Broadway, Michael Caine, Donald Trump, Seoul, Peter Serafinowicz, Matt Stone, Trey Parker


A Virtual Table Read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Featuring Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, Shia LaBeouf, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, John Legend & More

If you will forgive a gross oversimplification, there are two kinds of people in this world: Those (like me) who, having seen Fast Times at Ridgemont High the night before the first day of their senior year of high school, made sure to pack carrots in their lunchboxes, and those who were too young to see it in its original release, possibly because they hadn’t been born yet. For those of us in the first group, Feelin’ A-Live’s #FastTimesLive, a virtual table read of the script for Camero...
Tags: Google, Comedy, Film, College, Julia Roberts, Current Affairs, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Tolkien, Cameron Crowe, Sean Penn, Billy Wilder, Ray Liotta, Pitt, Facebook Twitter


A Virtual Table Read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Featuring Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, Shia LaBeouf, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts & More

If you will forgive a gross oversimplification, there are two kinds of people in this world: Those (like me) who, having seen Fast Times at Ridgemont High the night before the first day of their senior year of high school, made sure to pack carrots in their lunchboxes, and those who were too young to see it in its original release, possibly because they hadn’t been born yet. For those of us in the first group, Feelin’ A-Live’s #FastTimesLive, a virtual table read of the script for Camero...
Tags: Google, Comedy, Film, College, Julia Roberts, Current Affairs, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Tolkien, Cameron Crowe, Sean Penn, Billy Wilder, Ray Liotta, Pitt, Facebook Twitter


Dear Facebook, This is How You’re Breaking Democracy: A Former Facebook Insider Explains How the Platform’s Algorithms Polarize Our Society

Is this what we want? A post-truth world where toxicity and tribalism trump bridge building and consensus seeking? —Yaël Eisenstat It’s an increasingly familiar occurrence. A friend you’ve enjoyed reconnecting with in the digital realm makes a dramatic announcement on their social media page. They’re deleting their Facebook account within the next 24 hours, so shoot them a PM with your email if you’d like to stay in touch. Such decisions used to be spurred by the desire to get more done ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, Youtube, College, Life, Current Affairs, Cia, TED Talks, Facebook Twitter, MoveOn, Eli Pariser, Ayun Halliday, Ian Tucker, Yael Eisenstat, Eisenstat


The Liberal Arts Can Make People Less Susceptible to Authoritarianism, a New Study Finds

“Correlation does not equal causation” isn’t always a fun thing to say at parties, but it is always a good phrase to keep in mind when approaching survey data. Does the study really show that? Might it show the opposite? Does it confirm pre-existing biases or fail to acknowledge valid counterevidence? A little bit of critical thinking can turn away a lot of trouble. I'll admit, a new study, "The Role of Education in Taming Authoritarian Attitudes," confirms many of my own biases, suggesting tha...
Tags: Google, Europe, Politics, College, Germany, India, Current Affairs, Chile, Uruguay, Liberal, Facebook Twitter, Georgetown, Josh Jones, Timothy Snyder, Durham NC Follow, Authoritarianism According to Yale


Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Favorite Opera Recordings (and Her First Appearance in an Opera)

U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has thrown an unbearably fraught political year into further disarray, a fact that has sadly overshadowed memorialization of her inspiring life and career. Ginsburg was a personal hero for millions of activists and students—from grade school to law school; an icon casually identified by her initials by those who felt like they knew her. “For many women, and many girls,” Sheryl Gay Stolberg writes in a New York Times tribute, her loss...
Tags: Google, Music, Politics, London, Justice, College, Chicago, Vienna, Current Affairs, New York Times, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Barber, London Symphony Orchestra, Verdi, The New Yorker, Mozart


A Long, Guided Tour of New York City Captured in Original Color Film (1937)

So much classic black and white footage has been digitally colorized recently, it’s hard to remember that the Eastman Kodak Company's Kodachrome film debuted way back in 1935. The above footage of New York City was shot by an unknown enthusiast in and around 1937. Dick Hoefsloot, the Netherlands-based videographer who posted it to YouTube after tweaking it a bit for motion stabilization and speed-correction, is not averse to artificially coloring historic footage using modern software, b...
Tags: Travel, Google, Usa, New York, Film, Youtube, College, New York City, History, Brooklyn, Current Affairs, Ford, Netherlands, Manhattan, Fokker, Westfield


David Lynch Tries to Make a List of the Good Things Happening in the World … and Comes Up Blank

David Lynch's weather report for Sunday September 13th: "Here in LA, grey. Again, smoke-filled sky. Very still right now. 61 degrees fahrenheit. Today I'm making a list of all the good things that are happening in the world. [Pause.] I'm still thinking... No blue skies, no golden sunshine today." Maybe David Byrne, creator of the “Reasons to Be Cheerful” web site, would have a better shot at filling out the page. Have your own list of good things happening in the world? Add them to the c...
Tags: Google, Facebook, College, La, Los Angeles, Current Affairs, Bob, David Lynch, David Byrne, Random, Facebook Twitter


Central Park Bird Watcher Christian Cooper Writes DC Comics Graphic Novel: It’s Now Free Online

Write what you know. It’s oft-cited advice for writers both beginning and established. Thus, Jules, the teenage boy at the center of Christian Cooper’s It’s a Bird, the first entry in DC Comics’ digital-first anthology series Represent!, is a birdwatcher, like the author. And the binoculars that were a 50th birthday gift from Cooper’s father, a Korean War vet and Civil Rights activist, serve as models for the ones Jules is none too thrilled to receive, despite his grandpa’s belief that they pos...
Tags: Google, New York, College, Dc Comics, Current Affairs, K-12, Batgirl, Dc, North Carolina, Martin Luther King, Jules, Cooper, Facebook Twitter, Martinez, Dostoyevsky, Minneapolis Minnesota


MIT Presents a Free Course on the COVID-19 Pandemic, Featuring Anthony Fauci & Other Experts

Most of us use the terms "coronavirus" and "COVID-19" to refer to the pandemic that has gone around the world this year. We do know, or can figure out, that the former term refers to a virus and the latter to the disease caused by that virus. But do we know the full name "severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2," or "SARS-CoV-2" for short? We will if we take the online course "COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic," which MIT is making available to the general public free online....
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Biology, College, America, Mit, Harvard, Current Affairs, Online Courses, Seoul, Anthony Fauci, Johns Hopkins, Facebook Twitter, Broad Institute, Richard Young


The Story of Fascism: Rick Steves’ Documentary Helps Us Learn from the Hard Lessons of the 20th Century

From Rick Steves comes a thought-provoking documentary that revisits the rise of fascism in Europe, reminding us of how charismatic figures like Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler came to power by promising to create a better future for their frustrated, economically-depressed countries--a future that recaptured the glory of some mythologized past. Once in power, these fascist leaders replaced democracy with a cult of personality, steadily eroded democratic norms and truth, ratcheted up v...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Youtube, College, US, History, Current Affairs, Adolf Hitler, Rick Steves, Benito Mussolini, Madison Square Garden, Facebook Twitter, Rick, Steves, Hannah Arendt


Banksy Funds a Boat to Rescue Refugees at Sea–and Soon It Finds Itself in Distress in the Mediterranean

"Like most people who make it in the art world, I bought a yacht to cruise the Med,” Banksy wrote on Instagram when introducing the Louise Michel, a vessel tasked with a somewhat different mission than an arriviste party boat: picking up refugees from countries like Libya and Turkey lost at sea. Anyone who's followed Banksy's art career knows he possesses a well-developed instinct for catching and keeping public attention, and it has hardly deserted him in this venture. Why sponsor a ref...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Europe, London, Instagram, College, Turkey, Current Affairs, Libya, Banksy, Seoul, Valencia, Mediterranean, Malta, North Africa


The Story of Fascism: Rick Steves’ Documentary Helps Us Learn from the Hard Lessons of the 20th Century

From Rick Steves comes a thought-provoking documentary that revisits the rise of fascism in Europe, reminding us of how charismatic figures like Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler came to power by promising to create a better future for their frustrated, economically-depressed countries--a future that recaptured the glory of some mythologized past. Once in power, these fascist leaders replaced democracy with a cult of personality, steadily eroded democratic norms and truth, ratcheted up v...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Youtube, College, US, History, Current Affairs, Adolf Hitler, Rick Steves, Benito Mussolini, Madison Square Garden, Facebook Twitter, Rick, Steves, Hannah Arendt


2020: An Isolation Odyssey–A Short Film Reenacts the Finale of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, with a COVID-19 Twist

From New York City designer Lydia Cambron comes 2020: An Isolation Odyssey, a short film that reenacts the finale of Stanley Kubrick's iconic film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. But with a COVID-19 twist. "Restaged in the context of home quarantine," Cambron writes, "the journey through time adapts to the mundane dramas of self-isolation–poking fun at the navel-gazing saga of life alone and indoors." If you've been a good citizen since March, you will surely get the joke. via Colossal/Laughing Squ...
Tags: Google, Film, College, New York City, Current Affairs, Stanley Kubrick, Kubrick, James Cameron, Facebook Twitter, Lydia Cambron, Cambron



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