FROM Danah Boyd
Are the Kids on the Internet Alright After All? A generation of teens lives more in the virtual world than the real one and adult anxiety is producing calls for a crackdown on social networking sites. But Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram are now the places where kids can do what kids always do: hang out with their peers. They may give up their privacy, submit to commercial exploitation and become vulnerable to cyber-bullying, but researchers say that's not the whole story. We hear from one who's embedded herself with teenagers and reports on how the world looks from their point of view.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.