It comes down to a face-off between journalists and algorithms — and ultimately, news versus content.
Julie Wittes Schlack
Julie Wittes Schlack writes essays, short stories and book reviews for various publications. By day, she leads the product innovation team for C Space, a Boston-based consumer collaboration company.
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Pre-torn jeans are back, and once again, fashion sense is overriding common sense.
We tend to view the wealthy as accomplished and the poor as somehow lax. But actually they have much in common.
Prince’s ecstatic music breathed life into us all.
As our capabilities become ever more advanced, so too does our need to assess and debate the possible consequences of our technological advances.
Like most clichés, the one about shifting priorities as we age holds a deep truth.
For many Jews in the U.S., it’s impossible to support Donald Trump without violating what is most central to the American Jewish identity.
Facebook’s new feature offers the promise of more authentic and nuanced expression. But will they strengthen relationships, or just boost advertising effectiveness?
George Orwell’s seminal work anticipated not just the surveillance state, but the destruction of language that enables the manipulation of thought.
There’s a difference between articulating values informed by religion and weaving theology into our political discourse.
Mathematical uncertainty hasn’t prevented me and everyone I know from obsessing over the mere possibility of a blizzard.
Whether you loved him, hated him, or as many people did — both — David Bowie leaves an invaluable legacy of artistic innovation.
Overtones of Hitler’s injured, outraged, venomous screed are all too evident in what passes for political discourse today.
Examining the increasingly blurry boundaries between consumerism and self-expression.
The fabrications we’re hearing from the presidential frontrunners go beyond the standard distortion we’ve come to expect in political campaigns.
A virtual reality film set in a Syrian refugee camp tries to build compassion for its inhabitants. But do we need technological gear and 3D to move us to action?
As the people of Paris and other terrorized cities resume normal life, we should consider whether our routines and distractions help us cope or help us adapt to the unacceptable.
Crowdfunding has the potential to democratize the financing of political campaigns, but only if and when big money is barred from them.
Inspired by Arthur Miller’s Tony award-winning play, my father changed course. He walked away from the life he was supposed to have, and into the one he needed.
If government is nothing but an inefficient, mendacious, thieving obstacle to American progress and prosperity, then why run for President?
A slogan from another time and place can spark useful debate about our understanding of language and history.
As the political process becomes ever more like a reality series, why not learn from the best of them?
We shouldn’t need to counter bigotry with facts, but we do need science to fight obesity.
As we agonize over whether to watch the video of the WDBJ shootings, are we asking ourselves the wrong question?
The New York Times’ controversial feature begs the question of how business values drive business valuation.
There is room for shame in the abortion debate. But the shame is on the Republicans.
E.L. Doctorow relentlessly challenged convention, insisting that we open our eyes and hearts.
What’s behind this growing trend toward telegraphic text?
A fair weather fan considers the sheer delight of watching the women’s game, as well as the long way they have to go to be recognized as the superstar athletes they are.
Why everyone, from the creative minds at Disney-Pixar to advertisers and the CIA, are tapping the science of decoding emotions.
Forgiveness need not mean forgetting or acquiescing, but is it necessary to effect change?
There’s an undeniable need for institutional support to care for the burgeoning elderly population, but it’s time to develop new models for inter-generational living.
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Why are the mundane sights and sounds of other people’s lives so fascinating when video-streamed in real time?
Should we follow the musical heroes of our youth into that good night, or feel out of place at a Mumford & Sons concert instead?
Both sides in the debate over Charlie Hebdo’s Freedom of Expression Courage Award from PEN American Center embody free expression at its best – thoughtful people who strive for consensus but accept disagreement.
Public shaming can enforce positive social values, but is the cure worse than the disease?
Amazon’s newest offering, the Dash Button, safely eliminates the serendipity, exertion and troublesome human interaction borne of shopping in the physical world.
The former White House intern’s emergence as an anti-cyber-bullying advocate illustrates both the healthy and dark sides of rewriting one’s narrative.
An increasingly polarized American Jewish community must find ways to directly discuss and debate the conflicts in the Middle East — our identity depends on it.
Whether capturing the sights or ourselves at the sites, we brand ourselves through the pictures we take.
On a recent trip to Southeast Asia, Julie Wittes Schlack grappled with some complicated feelings.
Commerce may feast on fads, but amidst the ephemera, some transformative new cultural trends are taking root.
From the annals of corporate jargon, Julie Wittes Schlack dissects the ‘Ask’ and the ‘Solve.’
For all of their real time communication, for all of that so-called ‘sharing’ via pictures and urls and status updates, today’s kids are hard-pressed to name a common experience.
Before Facebook made it sound like a disease, didn’t we once call it empathy?
“Listicles” are polluting news sites with their shareable, yet inane, content. Julie Wittes Schlack is fighting back with, what else, a listicle of her own.
It means we end up posting things like this: “dinner amazeballs.”
Public denunciations and broadcast apologies don’t constitute the kind of the authentic “dialogue about race” we should aspire to.
Contrary to the divine wisdom of Dr. Phil, a detailed analysis suggests life is neither marathon nor sprint.
Jokes are stories, mini-epiphanies. They help us see ourselves as others do, and as they disappear, or morph with time, we’re losing those opportunities for insight.
If my name is going to be associated with pictures, shouldn’t they be pictures of my own choosing, my own people?
As paternalism comes back into vogue, the struggles for women’s liberation and economic fairness are even more inextricably bound.
Old friends know us long and well, marking our changes over the course of years and lifetimes. But the people we know only by sight, often only in a specific location, lend shape and meaning to each day.
Most of us use social media not to converse so much as to seek and give validation in a well-intentioned but startlingly automatic way.
What happens to our sense of place when we wander off the map?
If you track everything, do you lose track of what matters? Are some things best left uncharted?