In 1925, Marcel Mauss observed that market-based morality would undermine itself if it led to a widespread loss of faith in the idea that markets are compatible with fairness and solidarity. Was he right?
The average Amazon product review doesn’t include things like “You can’t spell slaughter without laughter!” But the Maisto drone toy has been targeted by review bombers seeking to end its production. How effective have they been?
Every year, something happens to our bright-eyed, optimistic, first-year university students. Straight out of high school, we suddenly demand that they engage with the problems of the world. How do they cope?
Two days of polyamorous workshops should have been a welcome breather from the monogamy-saturated, couple-centric environment of Central Europe. Why, then, did it feel like an overly-protective daycare facility for adults?
Are we really the hero in our own lives? Nick Mizer, an anthropologist who researches gaming and storytelling, argues that our narratives about our lives may not be so different from those in our games.
Why would people let complete strangers stay at their houses, often leaving them with the keys and not charging them a penny? Couchsurfing teases us with the promise of a world based on kindness, trust, friendliness, and grilled sardines.