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Opting Out of the Outrage Machine: A Review of Bad News

My least-favorite bumper sticker of all time reads, "If you're not outraged you're not paying attention." As a remedy for this sort of dopamine-fueled attitude, the author suggests that we refuse to bow to the media outrage machine.

From the Village Square to the Global Village—and Back?

At their best, local papers “help provide a common reality and touchstone, a sense of community and of place.”

“You Ever Get Back There Any More?”

Down on the Square (as we East Texas natives refer to the downtown in Henderson, pop. 11,000), I make a visit to the backroom...

The Immoral Life of Children

A few weeks ago a friend's ten-year-old daughter came home from school, turned to her mother with a frown, and speaking low, so as...