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10“The Tyranny of Email”

We’re obsessed with email, and John Freeman tackles this obsession in a thought-provoking work of social commentary.

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15“You Are Not a Gadget”

Jaron Lanier pushes for more power to the people in his commentary on the present state of the Internet, “You Are Not a Gadget.”

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22“Manufacturing Depression”

Depression: a frame of mind or a sales tactic? “Manufacturing Depression” exposes the pharmaceutical industry’s role in developing depression as we know it.

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74“In Cheap We Trust”

Lauren Weber challenges the guilt-free spending that many Americans have come to take for granted.

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82“Green Metropolis”

In “Green Metropolis,” David Owen argues that New York City is not only the greatest place to live in America—it’s also the greenest.

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85“A Bomb in Every Issue”

Peter Richardson’s “A Bomb in Every Issue” examines the legacy of a magazine that made history with its risky and controversial journalism.

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100“Reality Hunger”

From sitcoms to reality shows, from novels to memoirs: Reality takes center stage in “Reality Hunger,” David Shields’s self-proclaimed manifesto.

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