The link between mass automation and microagressions

The changing competition between three dimensions of social status Two years ago, sociologists Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning famously argued that the rise of ‘microaggressions’ (or rather the rise of people caring about microaggressions) marked the emergence of a new type of moral culture starting on western college campuses, which they called ‘victimhood culture’. This…

Links: Professional vagabonds, why no children?

From Matt: ‘Shallow, selfish, and self-absorbed‘ (Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic): Despite its tongue-in-cheek-title, this article – drawing on a recent book by a similar name – provides an interesting take on why more and more people these days, women in particular, are choosing to not have kids. The article’s (and book’s) objective was to remove some of…

Links that made us think: Broadening ambition, #RaceTogether, when technology makes laws obsolete

From Matt: Best Laid Plans: When career ambitions break up a marriage (Jessica Grose, Slate): Slate is running a very interesting interview series on how people make career decisions, and how life sometimes gets in the way. This particular article follows a young married couple, Caitlin and Stephen, who have recently separated. To very briefly summarize: Stephen is a teaching…