The Weekly Arc
Greetings. We’re a publication. We’d like to show you what we’ve been up to. We promise we won’t send more than a couple of these per week.
We’re often asked: Do you guys lean left, or lean right, or…? Our answer is: Yup.
In other words, we lean omnidirectionally. You’ll strongly agree with some of the stuff we post and strongly disagree with other stuff we post. We’re okay with that.
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On behalf of the Arc editorial staff,
by Nicholas Grossman
I’m miserable. I love her. I miss her. This feels terrible.
It was worth it. It was all worth it. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I gave a lot of love.
And got a lot back.
by Libby Emmons
On feminist Twitter, women are reemerging after short absences, letting us know they’d been temporarily banned or suspended. Most notably, radical feminist journalist and founder of the Feminist Current website, Meghan Murphy, was permanently banned for her refusal to redefine the term “woman” to be inclusive of individuals who were born male, and has moved on to other platforms.
by Josh Adams
In the animal kingdom, creatures that cannot adapt to a changing landscape die. The same is true of political parties, and the British Conservative Party — the oldest and most successful in the world — is the best example of that principle in action. Its definition of conservatism has been changing, modestly, with each election and every new leader; continually evolving alongside the country it hopes to lead. The post-referendum era in British politics is no different, although it appears as if we’ve stopped taking notice.
by Thomas Metcalf
If a multiverse exists, then the world — the totality of existence — comprises more than one “universe.” There’s more than one physical region of existence, separated from each other in some way that is difficult or impossible to traverse. Normally, we imagine these universes to be “parallel.” There is apparently no way for us to reach one from the other.
by Scott Greenfield
On our increasing reliance on trials by public opinion.
by Robert Showah
Why is the media so reluctant to do real self-criticism? In part, it is a privilege that stems from wielding an unprecedented amount of constitutionally-binding power in American life and from never having to directly earn public trust to exist. The public respects professionals who tie their livelihood to a proximate means of accountability, workers with skin in the game. The public respects those who accept risk, because incurring risk binds oneself to achieving a goal, especially when the goal centers around serving the public. Mechanics, bakers, balloon artists, investors, comedians, farmers, plumbers, hairdressers, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz all have skin in the game. Their survival depends on maintaining precarious public approval, and they earn respect by slowly building something great for lots of people to buy or use.
The news media, conversely, operates within a perverse incentive structure — specifically, a dependence on ads and venture capital that have had three adverse effects. First, investor pressure for growth over stability which places at risk thousands of jobs. Second, the pursuit of ad dollars and venture capital revenue widens the distance between journalists and public accountability. And third (as a result of the second), digital media companies are just as incentivized to produce mere “content” as real journalism.