FROM William Powers
WikiLeaks: Is the Internet Creating a New World Disorder? WikiLeaks has shaken up the US, its allies and its enemies by dumping hundreds of thousands of classified documents on the Internet for anybody to see. Yesterday, because of what it called "massive cyber attacks," the company that provided its domain name cut off service. But WikiLeaks has already re-appeared using different addresses. Can it ever be stopped? We put that question to the computer scientist who sent the first Internet message. Is the WikiLeaks document-dump an act of journalism or something else? Are news consumers now on their own? Will WikiLeaks produce greater efforts at secrecy or greater transparency, both public and private?
Hooked on Gadgets, Muddling Our Minds? As you're buying holiday presents, think about this. Internet multi-tasking is both a magnificent research tool and an infuriating distraction. Neuroscientists are sure that it's transforming the human brain. What they're not sure about is whether the change is for better or worse. Critics insist it's reducing the ability to focus, enforcing shallowness, stifling the creative impulse and breaking connections between human beings. Advocates say the media revolution is producing new ways of thinking and more human connectedness than ever before. In this rebroadcast of a program originally aired in June of this year, we hear both sides.
Hooked on Gadgets, Muddling Our Minds? Internet multi-tasking is both a magnificent research tool and an infuriating distraction. But, like it or not, it's transforming the human brain. Neuroscientists are sure about that. What they're not sure about is whether the change is for better or worse. In the meantime, debate is raging. Critics insist it's reducing the ability to focus, enforcing shallowness, stifling the creative impulse and breaking connections between human beings. Advocates say the media revolution is producing new ways of thinking and more human connectedness than ever before. A recent article touched a nerve in so many readers of the New York Times that editors say it was the most frequently emailed they've ever seen.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?