Teenagers get bored about a lot, but boredom is not a given. When it comes to engaging with difficult topics, it’s worth asking: Whose interests does boredom serve? What does it help people avoid?
We tend to assume creativity is a timeless human value. But creativity as the concept we know today emerged in the 1950s and ’60s, driven by the needs of the modern corporation.
In their book, Streets of Gold, Ran Abramitzky and Leah Boustan use big data to trace the stories of immigrants to the United States. Their findings are a call to revise many popular beliefs about U.S. immigration.