Denying a teen a smartphone in 2019 is a tough decision, and one that requires an organized and impenetrable defense.
Adrienne LaFrance"Now that my oldest is in ninth grade, it occurs to me that this decision not to buy him the one thing that every other kid has might be the most subversive, countercultural gesture of my entire life."
Adrienne LaFrance"Later, Don confronted Ivanka over rumors that her team was undermining him in off-the-record conversations with reporters. 'Tell your people to stop trashing me to the media,' he said..."
The scientific agency sided with the president’s inaccurate forecast over the work of its professional staff.
Adrienne LaFrance“I have ignored this story for the last few days... But this statement has turned what has become a routine type of political story (the President has said something misleading!) into one that’s slightly more Soviet—and much more worrying.”
Surprise eggs and slime are at the center of an online realm that’s changing the way the experts think about human development.
Adrienne LaFranceGoogle's paying a $170 million fine for YouTube's child privacy violations.
Here's a story I wrote about how YouTube's algorithm goes after kids.
One maker of YouTube kid videos told me this: “You have to do what the algorithm wants for you.”
Why millions of people are extremely eager to celebrate fake holidays sponsored by corporations
Adrienne LaFrance"It’s one thing to celebrate cookies of your own volition. It’s another to talk about cookies because a coalition of multinational corporations is coaxing you into it, and using your love of cookies to get you to join a dating app."
He’s unpopular, scandalous, and a bigot, and we may be sliding into a recession. But that might not matter.
Adrienne LaFranceTrump’s persistent unpopularity may not make a difference on election day.
“It’s striking, for example, that Trump’s approval ratings are, at this point, very similar to those of two recent presidents who went on to win reelection by resounding margins.”
On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch.
Adrienne LaFranceGeological time is beyond all comprehension and humans will leave nothing behind. "Not plastic birthday balloons... not Charlton Heston shaking his fist at some littoral colossus. It will all be worn away, destroyed or hidden forever."
This is very good
How nearly 1 million black farmers were robbed of their livelihood
Adrienne LaFrance“Something on the order of 6 million acres was lost by black farmers from 1950 to 1969. That’s an average of 820 acres a day—an area the size of New York’s Central Park erased with each sunset.”
@TheAtlantic’s new cover story, out today, by @fivefifths
Trust in gatekeepers—from media to government—has eroded to the point of making an ‘official account’ almost obsolete.
Adrienne LaFrance“It would be easy to treat this frenzied reaction to Epstein’s death as a sad case study in how conspiratorial thinking has bled into mainstream discourse. But finger-wagging feels inadequate at this moment.”
It was the deadliest attack targeting Latinos in recent U.S. history. Why wasn’t that the headline?
Adrienne LaFrance“News organizations failed after El Paso because, for years, we’ve marginalized voices of Latinos in our coverage—and in our own newsrooms.” And important essay by @lourdesgnavarro
The 'New York Times' executive editor Dean Baquet discusses a controversial headline decision and why the paper’s editorial process needs to change.
Adrienne LaFrance“If you think our only job is to figure out how to stop the tragedies, I get what you’re saying. That’s not our only job. Part of our job is to make the country look itself in the face.”