This microcosm of the national conversation over public education displayed media’s predictably narrow parameters of debate, between a corporate reformer and a moderate (but still charter-friendly) liberal.
Two white public figures square off in managed debate
The real story is how rich kids are gaming the system
‘The market’ is doing fine—but homebuyers are still hurting
Mass surveillance uses new media to track every move you make
But proposals to put people back to work are met with yawns
Volume 27, Number 4
Extra! in the Texas Gulag Greetings from the Texas gulag. I’m in superseg and without resources, so I hope you’ll excuse my means of writing. You have generously been sending me Extra! for several years now, and I want you to know you guys are my heroes and sheroes for the priceless work you do. Genuine democracy is impossible without a well-informed constituency (it’s also impossible in a society comprised of different classes, but we won’t go there!); you guys do all in your power to inform the public by shedding light on our institutionalized manufactured consent. As I mentioned, […]
When Molotov cocktails are just a ‘boy’s adventure’
TV’s one major Muslim character is a secret Al-Qaeda agent
Homeland’s key plot themes are the infiltration of the US administration by Muslim extremists (a nod to Islamophobic conspiracy theories); suspicion of ordinary Muslim Americans, especially converts; and the psychological turmoil of the leading Muslim character, who is caught between his all-American family and the pull of extremist indoctrination.