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Climate Change in The Hunger Games

  • By
  • Torie Bosch,
  • New America Foundation
March 21, 2012 |

This week, the first film based on the blockbuster young-adult book trilogy The Hunger Games will open, crowning its stars heartthrobs and, likely, making Lionsgate, its studio, a mint.

Much discussion has focused on The Hunger Games as commentary on the popularity of reality television; actress Jennifer Lawrence, who stars as the temperamental heroine Katniss Everdeen, said as much in a recent interview. But barely mentioned in the film—if at all—is another, subtler lesson currently in vogue among young-adult fiction: the societal implications of climate change.

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Death to the McMansion

  • By
  • Patrick C. Doherty,
  • New America Foundation
March 20, 2012 |

Recently, Japan and Korea have begun to express deep concerns about the “ability of the United States to address profound problems in its political and economic system.”

A Robot Stole My Pulitzer!

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
March 20, 2012 |

Can technology be autonomous? Does it lead a life of its own and operate independently of human guidance? From the French theologian Jacques Ellul to the Unabomber, this used to be widely accepted. Today, however, most historians and sociologists of technology dismiss it as naive and inaccurate.

Yet the world of modern finance is increasingly dependent on automated trading, with sophisticated computer algorithms finding and exploiting pricing irregularities that are invisible to ordinary traders.

Can the Electric Car Survive?

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
March 13, 2012 |

Is there pent-up demand for a $75,000 electric SUV that can outrun a Porsche? South African entrepreneur Elon Musk is gambling that there is. Other entrepreneurs are making similar bets: More than a dozen countries and thousands of incumbent and startup entrepreneurial companies around the world have placed competing chips on the table with the conviction that advanced batteries and electrified vehicles are the next new thing. All together, they will park some two dozen models in Asian, European, and U.S. showrooms in 2012 and 2013.

Game Over in Afghanistan

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
March 12, 2012 |

The game is over in Afghanistan. An American presence can no longer serve any purpose. Or, rather, it can only extend and exacerbate the pathologies of this war. It is time to get out, and more quickly than President Obama had been planning. The consequences of leaving may be grim, but the consequences of staying are probably grimmer.

No Fighting In The Money Room | Slate Magazine

March 3, 2012

Still, with his new book, The Escape Artists: How Obama's Team Fumbled the Recovery, Noam Scheiber offers a persuasive take on administration policymaking, one in which there are no heroes and no villains, no fools, no saints, not even a clear road not ...

The Insurgent’s Playbook

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
February 27, 2012 |

Once again, we find ourselves way in over our heads in Afghanistan, and at the worst possible time: when President Obama, who seems to have recognized this fact, is trying to get out while preserving a modicum of stability—something the Taliban, other insurgents, and possibly well-armed criminal gangs seem determined to block.

Why Don’t We Care About Syria?

  • By
  • Emily Parker,
  • New America Foundation
February 24, 2012 |

The Syrian uprising should be the kind of story that takes social media by storm. It has extraordinary acts of resistance, ordinary citizens fighting for freedom, and the Internet's power to break through a government's wall of silence. On Thursday, a U.N. panel declared that the Syrian government has engaged in “gross human rights violations.”

So why hasn't Syria gone viral?

The Information Welfare State

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
February 20, 2012 |

The great paradox of today's Internet is that the Web feels less and less orderly, even as technology companies preach the virtues of control.

The Real Problem With Google’s New Privacy Policy

  • By
  • James Losey,
  • Thomas Gideon,
  • New America Foundation
February 15, 2012 |

When Google announced impending changes to its privacy policy, users and the media alike were focused on one thing: the inability to opt-out, short of deleting your account. Though Congress keeps pushing Google for more clarification, many users have grumpily acknowledged the Gmail notifications and moved to new privacy concerns like an iPhone app that copied and uploaded users' contacts.

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