Being Sincere in a Cynical World

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August 11, 2018

Why is the world so damn cynical? Rather than surrendering to corrosive, hopeless snark, we look to some unexpected sources — video games, the lives lead by those who leave hate groups, and the optimism of the Afrofuturist art and culture movement — to make the case for sincerity.

A screenshot from "One Hour, One Life"
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In One Hour, One Life, you start as a naked newborn. The only way you can survive even the first three minutes is if another player — a stranger — adopts you. It’s a surprisingly powerful experience – but that’s what Jason Rohrer is famous for designing.

Pop culture's constant barrage of ironic detachment
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Christy Wampole is a French professor who writes a lot of cultural criticism, including a pair of a New York Times columns about “How to Live Without Irony." Steve Paulson got together with her to talk through the corrosive effects of irony.

Christian Picciolini recounts his experience leaving the white supremacist hate group.
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Charles Monroe-Kane talks with Christian Picciolini about his campaign to de-program white supremacists, including Richard Spencer, the most prominent face of American white supremacy today.

Art from Ingrid La Fleur's Afrofuturist mayoral campaign in Detroit. (Ingrid La Fleur)
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Artist, activist, and Afrofuturist Ingrid La Fleur recommends collection of books, films and artists for those interested in understanding Afrofuturism as an aesthetic and as a movement.

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