Columns

Alexander Görlach

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Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz – one of Berlin’s central squares, and the column of the Editor-in-Chief. Alexander Görlach writes about politics, culture and the course of human progress.

Islam taken hostage

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Neither Muslims nor Christians want to force our society into new religious conflicts. It is a third group that pits them against each other.

20.12.2014

Gender Wars

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The battle of the sexes is the fiercest debate of our time, but to what end should it lead?

09.12.2014

Jesse Van Mouwerik

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Top Culture

Analyzing where foreign policy, social change, and popular culture overlap.

Make Party, not War!

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In the trenches of the First World War, Christmas and electronic music have more in common than one might think.

11.12.2014

Tweeting Tribalism

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Radical groups and twisted individuals have been enticed by the power of social media to disseminate violent messages for a global audience. Is the Internet truly bringing the world closer together, or is it driving us apart?

04.12.2014

Maximilian Stern

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Democracy, updated

Moving from ancient Greece’s agoras to Silicon Valley’s incubators, our democracy could use some entrepreneurial spirit and passion for innovation. But twiddling the knobs of our society is neither straightforward nor without risk.

Who runs the Internet?

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The Internet as we know it has come under threat. As governments and large corporations poise themselves to take control, the question is: What can we as individual users do?

28.11.2014

HiRes democracy

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Instead of adapting our democracy to new circumstances and insights, we’re trying to organize it with the 1989 Game Boy because we use the 2014 iPad to watch cat videos.

14.11.2014

Riva-Melissa Tez

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How Not to Die 101

The journal of one philosopher’s attempt to safeguard the world from mimetic belief.

How we killed complexity

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Should we be shocked that people believe irrational things? Not really. We bombard children with information before we teach them how to think critically. It’s a daily mass murder of malleable mindsets.

28.11.2014

Dangerous minds

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On the dichotomy between belief and action.

04.11.2014

Lars Mensel

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Network effects

A column about the internet, technology, and everything that happens in between.

Candid Camera

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Should police officers wear cameras to clarify cases like that in Ferguson? I don’t think so.

26.11.2014

Brands are buying your friends

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The next frontier of advertisement is native. It not only means that ads will masquerade as content, it also means that you can no longer trust your friends.

24.10.2014

Show me the ideas

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When was the last time an idea changed your life?

15.10.2014

Keeping it real

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When it comes to technology, many value authenticity over convenience. It’s not rational, but it's understandable. Here’s why.

09.10.2014

Dessislava Kirova

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This is Water

Two young fish swim along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way. The older fish nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” The two young fish swim on for a bit, eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?” – A column on the slightly intangible textures of our lifes and societies: culture, history, identity, politics and philosophy.

The question

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The tendency to classify people according to their origins turns a seemingly innocent question into an offensive remark.

25.11.2014

Freezing Progress

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Social freezing does not empower women, it postpones the question of family and gender equality.

27.10.2014

Thicker than blood

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I migrated to Germany when I was eight years old. Does that give me the right to call myself German and to comment on the country’s war guilt?

13.10.2014
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