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Zac Hill

The New Optimism: Nick Troiano and Redesigning Congress

Zac Hill | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Zac Hill

Much has been made about a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC news poll suggesting that over three quarters of Americans do not believe their children will have a better life than they do.

Dropping In on Dropping Out: A Book Review

Zac Hill | Posted 05.04.2013 | Books
Zac Hill

There is something vaguely pyramid-scheme-feeling about a college dropout becoming successful by talking about how successful he's managed to be as a college dropout.

Bridging the Gap: Gretchen Skogerson's Strange Play

Zac Hill | Posted 02.18.2012 | Arts
Zac Hill

The idea is simple enough: it's a series of interconnected vignettes that explore how -- as individuals in society -- we are simultaneously isolated and drawn together by our dependence on communication technology.

The Intimacy Gap

Zac Hill | Posted 09.13.2011 | Media
Zac Hill

"Send Private messages to people by only sharing your post with them, disable reshare" --Google+ "CheatSheet" -- "Please read my letter // and prom...

'Winning' the Higher Education Game

Zac Hill | Posted 07.10.2011 | College
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Clearly, the goal of the higher education system is not for everyone in America to get a JD or an MD or a Ph.D. But if you looked from a game design perspective, you'd very much think that it is.

Being Cool With Having Stuff: At-Least-Potentially Guilt-Free Super Bowl Cruising

Zac Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
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I have yet to encounter a single American crew member. In what can only be described as a Shyamalanian flash of revelation, I realized earlier this morning that this disconnect did not bother me.

Michael Vick, Black Swan, and David Foster Wallace: An Act in Three Acts

Zac Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Zac Hill

And what do we do with the worst parts of ourselves? We lose them. And we live.

Comedy at the Center: Why Jon Stewart Is Actually For Real

Zac Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Zac Hill

This past weekend, somewhere in the neighborhood of 200,000 Americans gathered on the National Mall for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Res...

Reforming the Rakyat

Zac Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Zac Hill

The publication of a single book doesn't guarantee lasting change, of course. But it does demonstrate -- and this is a great leap forward -- that the government is willing to try.

Searching for Bobby Kennedy: Health Care and the Moral Imperative

Zac Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Zac Hill

What Robert understood is that despite being more media-saturated than at any other time in history, our dialogue remains silent with regard to the moral imperatives those policies entail.

Arrested for Possession of an Unlit Candle

Zac Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Zac Hill

Thirty-seven people were arrested without cause on the fiftieth anniversary of Malaysia's Internal Security Act--an Act that, like the Patriot Act here in the US, allows for arrest and detention without trial.

Freedom of Information Comes to Malaysia

Zac Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Zac Hill

The Pakatan Rakyat government of Selangor, Malaysia created history earlier this month by tabling the nation's first piece of Right to Information legislation in the State Assembly. But the bill has its flaws.