The Editors

  • Nonrequired Reading: Protest

    On February 11th, The Point hosted a panel that brought together Bill Ayers, Janaé Bonsu and Charles W. Mills to examine the guiding question “What is protest for?” and to discuss how direct action…

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  • On Purity

    Jonathan Franzen is sometimes described as an important political  novelist; certainly his novels can be counted on to reflect the conventional wisdom of his most likely readership. In the book that made his reputation,…

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  • Issue 11

    TABLE  of  CONTENTS Letter from the Editors On Purity Jonathan Franzen is sometimes described as an important political novelist; certainly his novels can be counted on to reflect the conventional wisdom of his most…

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  • To Fellow Travelers

    In January of this year the Coalition of the Radical Left, known by its acronym Syriza, became the largest party in the Greek parliament, and its leader, Alexis Tsipras, became prime minister at age…

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  • Issue 10
    Release Party

    Dear Friends of The Point, Please join us on Friday, June 5th at the Experimental Station in Hyde Park to celebrate the arrival of our summer issue. We’ll have a DJ, cheap drinks, copies of…

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  • What Is Privacy For?
    A Panel Discussion

    Nearly every day we are told that our privacy is under some fresh attack. But are we entering a new and treacherous phase in our relationship with privacy, or should we welcome, as some…

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  • Issue 9 Release Party

    Dear Friends of The Point, After a nearly one-year hiatus, The Point release party is back! Please join us on Saturday, January 24th at the Experimental Station in Hyde Park to celebrate Issue 9.…

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  • The Social Network

    Why, notwithstanding all the grave warnings, do informed people (more and more of them all the time) continue to join social networks and then to stay on them? Perhaps the growth of social networks demonstrates the importance of a desire the social contract theorists tended not to make much of—and which, more often than not, seems to supersede our desire for privacy or independence: the desire, that is, to be social.

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  • Issue 9

    LETTER On the Social Network Our existing social networks turn out to be antisocial: they all represent ways of avoiding—rather than participating in—the struggle for recognition. ESSAYS Hell: The New Strategy for Dealing with…

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  • An Interview with Michael Lemonick

    Michael Lemonick is a science journalist who has spent the last several years focusing on climate change, writing over fifty cover stories for Time magazine as well as six books, the most recent of…

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