Suggested Readings: Political Violence, Robot Fact Checkers, and a War on Chinese Food

JSTOR Daily Suggested Readings

Well-researched stories from around the web that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. Brought to you each Tuesday from the editors of JSTOR Daily.

Just how much should political violence worry us? (Vox)
by Sean Illing
Do the Alexandria shooting and other recent attacks signal that the nation is moving toward a time of more political violence? Social scientists weigh in on how this moment compares with other times in our history.

The robot fact-checkers aren’t here yet (Wired)
by Tom Simonite
Academics, tech insiders, and journalists created a project to using artificial intelligence to identify fake news stories. The results showcase some impressive AI abilities, but they also demonstrate how much human engagement we still need.

The war on Chinese food (NPR Code Switch)
by Kat Chow
Long before “taco trucks on every corner” became shorthand for white opposition to Mexican immigration, an anti-immigrant movement fought Chinese restaurants with boycotts, laws, and riots.

Why power is like a brain tumor (The Atlantic)
by Jerry Useem
A growing body of research shows that, as people become more powerful, certain mental abilities—like the skill of reading other people’s emotions—decline. There’s a cure that seems to work, but are powerful people interested in it?

How anti-communists stole child care (Slate)
by Rebecca Onion
In the 1930s, government-funded centers offered child care to many American children. But anti-communists swamped efforts to preserve and expand them.

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