FROM Peter Whybrow
Overconsumption: The American Way This is the holiday when gluttony is not just acceptable, it’s almost required if you try to taste everything on the Thanksgiving table. But ask yourself: is this the only time you eat more than you ought to? Obesity is a national epidemic, and over-consumption of another kind is on the rise. Credit card debt is up by 66 percent since last year and by 368 percent since 2009, when the Great Recession made Americans try to be frugal. Why do we want so much more than we can afford and, probably, more than we need? Is there a relationship between mindless eating and manic buying?
Reporting on Rape A Rolling Stone magazine story about rape on campus led the University of Virginia to suspend fraternities. Since then, the article has become a sensation as much for what it got wrong as for what it reported. How should “sexual misconduct” be defined by journalists, college administrators and the law?