TED's lack of substantial peer review and its emphasis on what is new, what isn't divisive, and what is entertaining rather than accurate or well-researched means that horrendous nonsense can get a wide audience of the rich and powerful.
iTunes' SoundCheck won't end the so-called "loudness wars." It'll just give listeners a way to counter some musicians' undying instinct to "turn it up to 11."
An interview with Ross Perlin, author of Intern Nation on the ideological corruption of unpaid labor
Finding creativity by quitting your job and chasing dreams may not always be feasible.
Did a well-meaning reality show reinvigorate Vancouver's anti-gentrification movement?
Choosing an algorithm that defines the boundaries is, in itself, a political decision that can never be value-neutral
Having a monetary value tied to human incarceration and justice creates a deeply perverse incentive that should not exist in the world of criminal justice
A look behind the groups that believe bike lanes and smart growth are here to steal our land and send us all to the gulag
Real-name policies won't end the introvert's experience of the Internet, but it might end the Internet's experience of introverts.
Is it possible for gluttony, purity, and morality to coexist with affordability? Or is this utopian vision a myth?
There is power in a union for the information technology industry, one of The Atlantic's own developers argues, even though programmers often resist collective organizing
What Chernobyl, Las Vegas, and a Santa Claus theme park in Finland tell us about the value and absurdity of travel
He admits to planting bombs in hotels and colluding with others on the bombing of Cubana Flight 455, but maybe he's just a patsy in a game of cloak and dagger and disinformation to tarnish the good name of admitted terrorist Posada Carriles?
After resigning in disgrace from the charity he helped found and losing his sponsorship with Nike, Lance Armstrong now must cope with the leak of his new memoir—excerpted here.
Predictions for the baseball season ahead from someone who hasn’t paid attention to sports statistics since the 1992 Orioles.
America adores its clichés about France—skinny women, good sex, and “surrender monkeys.” Well, it’s about time we respected France’s history of conquering and oppressing the world.
Everyone has computer problems—only a chosen few are driven insane by them. A defense of daily paranoia.
California looks to legalize pot in November—and that, in many ways, would be a crime. An argument against political causes involving dreadlocked alien masks.
Tourism has saved the island's economy, but the combination of tourism and socialism makes for an odd mix.
The Non-Expert attempts to help a young thespian realize his misinformed dreams.
Unless the newspaper honchos invent some brilliant ideas, the broadsheet is dead. A last-ditch brainstorm.
This week we reveal the secrets of the mighty triumvirate that rules the universe. But you didn’t hear about it here.
Barack Obama’s inauguration next week will be full of significant, historical events. But what about the seven days to follow?
Computer code may not be gobbledygook, but that doesn’t make it art. A survey of the field of programming-cum-poetry to find the ghost (of Hamlet’s father) in the machine.
Living as a once-Trotskyist megaforce, now war-toting superstar can take its toll. Particularly when your personality subdivides into pro wrestlers.
The signup sheet in the break room wants you and your co-workers to meet at the park on Saturday for a game of softball. For some it may just be fun, but for others it’ll be pure competition.
‘Tis the season for home renovation, but unless you have a degree (or years experience) in carpentry, a cheat-sheet is required for survival.