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The ‘Roseanne’ Reboot Isn’t Really a Win for Trump, but It Can Teach Americans about America


Few shows from Hollywood have delighted conservatives in America more than the recent “Roseanne” reboot on ABC. Returning to the broadcast network 20 years after its cancellation in 1997, the family-oriented sitcom is being heralded for shining a light on conservative views in an overwhelmingly liberal television landscape.

US-led Coalition Strikes on Syria Are about Boundaries, Not Bravado


The longstanding civil war in Syria between Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces, which has featured chemical weapon attacks, ISIS participation, and Russian involvement, continues to draw in external actors. In light of the U.S. response, however, critical questions remain as to the extent of American (and indeed, global) involvement in the region.

The Eerie and Unknown Impact of Cambridge Analytica’s Microtargeting


The press release began by congratulating the new president-elect on his historic victory. Then came the self-congratulatory pat on the back: “Cambridge Analytica was instrumental in identifying supporters, persuading undecided voters, and driving turnout to the polls.” Chief Executive Officer Alexander Nix lauded his company’s revolutionary approach to data-driven communications. The data analytics firm played up their integral role in ushering Donald Trump into the Oval Office.

Cambridge Analytica and Manipulation – Why We Are Giving the Internet Too Much Credit


Is the Internet manipulating you? You may think so, given Cambridge Analytica, Russian troll farms, Facebook algorithm manipulation, and echo chambers. Each one of these contributes to the broad narrative that individuals are being manipulated through complicated analysis and digital sleight of hand. Each alleged danger is more pernicious than the next. What if the truth behind the power and persuasion of each of these actions is overstated, nonexistent even?

Can Republicans Capitalize on American Shift Towards Libertarianism?

Connor Lamb’s victory in the 18th Congressional district race in Pennsylvania must be a wake-up call for Republicans heading into the 2018 mid-term elections. After suffering losses through much of Virginia, in Alabama, and facing a steep enthusiasm gap, Republicans risk losing their majority in the House of Representatives. Despite recent losses, however, Republicans have both reasons for hope and reasons for despair entering 2018.

#OscarsSoWhat: Are the Academy Awards Still Relevant?

The dust is slowly settling after this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, the first one to give way to a bit of self-reflection this year, as Hollywood continues to deal with its public problems of sexual harassment, gender parity and diversity. Kimmel anchored the nearly 4-hour telecast with a few light jokes about the serious subject matter, only occasionally mentioning the ongoing #MeToo movement and disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.