People are more empowered now than they've ever been. And they're having their say in ways they've never had before, heard by wider audiences and taken ever more seriously.
For many artists, the ability to see what others don't -- or can't see -- is what adds an element of humanity or depth to their work. For most people, 2 + 2 may equal 4. But for an artist, the result may be 4 plus a pink rhinoceros. Or a cupcake with day-glo icing.
Wouldn't it be better -- this time 0- to be able to look back and say "I'm glad that I was there," rather than, "I wish..."
Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi allegory Snowpiercer is one weird and hilarious trip. At turns campy and amateurish (with issues of ADR synching and logical con...
With loud megaphones and ongoing geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and Russia with no end in sight, one can rest assured Rasmussen will not be the last one to repeat this meme, just as he was not the first.
In recent weeks, Senator Bernard Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, did something that Senate Democrats have not been able to do: He worked with a Republican to strike a bipartisan deal to reform our veterans' health care system.
The richest and most powerful nation that the world has ever known can certainly design a social support system that is both humane and fair. The richest and most powerful nation that the world has ever seen can certainly afford to feed, house and cloth all its citizens.
Social media outcries are powerful because they allow the sentiment of the population at large to be heard louder than that of powerful organization. Hashtag hijackings have become a form of protest in which grassroots social media users criticize the sponsoring organization's.
At least 183,000 people signed a petition seeking leniency for Occupy Wall Street member Cecily McMillan, who was convicted last week of assaultin...
Last June we handed out over 10,000 nametags in an effort to make NYC a friendlier place for a day. It was an incredible day of joy as thousands of ne...
Hollywood projects our dreams and fears. In the past our cinematic apocalypses have reflected our obsessions with nuclear holocaust and environmental degradation. We're certainly still worried about those fates -- along with pandemics and zombies -- but gross inequality now competes for our attention.
As odd as discovering that Attila the Hun made potpourri, George W. Bush is now a avid portrait artist.
In 2014, we look at many of those past inequalities as unjust, often struggling to understand why these people were denied equal rights for so long. This begs the question, what will future generations view as unjust in our current society?
I would like to encourage more women, and especially more feminists, to pick up Piketty's tome and give it a read. It's a good book and what you learn may be quite important for your and your children's economic future.
I don't live in a context where to make art is that daring. I'm not Ai Weiwei or Laura Poitras. I was scared to write about my own abortion, a fear that turned out not to be justified, and I was scared to write about Guantanamo because it felt too big and grave.
This is America in 2014 -- a nation that has two separate and ridiculously unequal systems of justice. The wealthy and the well-connected are by now well aware that there are zero consequences for their insider trades and their financial chicanery, or their corrupt dealings, or, if they have enough juice, even for their rank crimes like ransacking a bodega or groping a cornered women.