The Business of “Fake” Reality

More and more, it seems like the word “fake” is cropping up in our public discourse. Whether that refers to Trump’s favorite phrase “fake news” or uncanny and disturbing “deepfakes,” fakeness is rapidly pervading various forms of multimedia. In the past, people could certainly have created work anonymously, pseudonymously, or even forge work under someone else’s…

A Brief Exploration of the Creepy

What do we mean when we describe something as “creepy”? By definition, the word creepy refers to something “causing an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease.” Characterizing something as scary often means identifying that thing as a threat; being chased by a bear or a mask-wearing killer is scary, not creepy. Creepiness requires a certain subtlety that…

Has Democracy Outlived Its Usefulness?

Though I never studied under him at Georgetown, every student of his I spoke to sang the praises of Professor Jason Brennan. So today, we’ll be looking at the concepts discussed in his new book Against Democracy, which challenges the very principles on which the United States was founded. Brennan posits that the universal right…

Short-termism and Survival

Today, people and organizations seem to favor optimizing for the present, rather than the future. This is known as short-termism, a concentration on short-term objectives at the expense of long-term benefits. While studies show mixed evidence for widespread short-termism, it seems to be a problem empirically. Companies are investing less in research and development, which has historically…