Civil discourse is in decline, with potentially dire results for American democracy.
People born after 1995, especially the coasts and Chicago feel anxiety and fear.
Kids on milk cartons
We deprived kids to develop their normal risk taking abilities
Social media spreads to kids who are 11, 12, 13, and this stresses kids
- imagine the absolute worst of Jr High School, 24-hours a day forever
- Social media develops an echo chamber which gives you a dopamine rush
(30 min) Some people are looking to interpreting things in the worst possible light and Call-Out things.
There is no trust.
There are more conservatives and more liberals and less moderates.
(34 min) Upper class liberals are reporting their lower class minority people for being insensitive.
3 Great Untruths:
- What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker.
- Always trust your feelings.
- Life is a battle between good people and evil people.
Many of the people most passionate about aggressive speech police belong to high class liberal elites.
Malcolm Gladwell talks about the law of criminal concentration.
He says that crime and suicide (on the Golden Gate bridge) are coupled and do not result in displacement.
(40:50 min) Of the 515 people who attempted suicide on the Golden Gate bridge, only 25 attempt again in another way.
(42:40 min) Most police deny that the law of criminal concentration exists. They deploy stop-and-frisk too broadly. There are no “bad neighborhoods”. There are only “bad blocks”.
How experts make mistakes because they are over-confident.
Example: The Battle of Chancellorsville.
On 4/5, Prof. Elizabeth Morrison, Vice Dean of Faculty, welcomed Professor Adam Alter and esteemed author & journalist Malcolm Gladwell, for a conversation on Professor Alter’s latest book, “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked.” Nearly 400 alumni, students and faculty set aside their phones to learn about the complexities of addiction and how it manifests in the modern age.