The Revolution Will Not Be Plugged In: “When it comes to killing off old technologies,” writes Kaveh Waddell, “no one does it better than Apple.” This week, the company announced it was removing headphone jacks from its phones—a none-too-popular move with consumers, but one that marketers touted as courage. In the past, Apple caused similar outcry by getting rid of floppy disk and CD drives, choices that now seem like innovative—and inevitable—steps toward the future. Yet as Ian Bogost writes, Apple’s choices exert a subtle form of control over its customers, asking people to simply have faith in the company’s vision. Should we trust it?
“It’s like a game of bacterial whack-a-mole. We hit them with bigger and bigger hammers, and they wear better and better hats.” —Michael Baym, a biologist, on how bacteria evolve to resist antibiotics
“As surgeons, there’s instant gratification: Oftentimes, you can fix what’s wrong.” —Sareh Parangi, a surgeon who specializes in treating thyroid cancer
“I think this should serve as a really loud wake up call to the Republican Party. They could lose Texas.” —Celia Morgan, president of the Texas Young Democrats, on a poll showing Hillary Clinton has a one-point lead in the state
Black pin reading Don’t be a pussy. Vote for Trump in 2016. Black-and-red pin reading Trump 2016: Finally someone with balls. White T-shirt reading Trump that bitch. White T‑shirt reading Hillary sucks but not like Monica. Red pin reading Life’s a bitch: Don’t vote for one. White pin depicting a boy urinating on the word Hillary. Black T-shirt depicting Trump as a biker and Clinton falling off the motorcycle’s back alongside the words If you can read this, the bitch fell off. Black T-shirt depicting Trump as a boxer having just knocked Clinton to the floor of the ring, where she lies faceup in a clingy tank top. White pin advertising KFC Hillary Special. 2 fat thighs. 2 small breasts … Left wing.
Standard commentary about Clinton’s candidacy—which focuses on her email server, the Benghazi attack, her oratorical deficiencies, her struggles with “authenticity”—doesn’t explain the intensity of this opposition. But the academic literature about how men respond to women who assume traditionally male roles does. And it is highly disturbing.
Read more here, as Beinart reviews the psychology behind sexist backlash against female leaders—and what it foreshadows for the U.S.
What Do You Know?
1. The New England slang term “to be on one’s beanwater” means “to feel ____________.”
It’s like going into a large, high-ceilinged room that has minimal furniture, but very rich textures—bookcases with leather-bound volumes, silk oriental rugs, deep-cushioned velvet upholstery, satin pillows, a lacquered chest, taffeta draperies, window seats with brocade cushions, and glazed plaster walls, all in aquamarine, emerald, sapphire, ruby, pearl, and silver tones, with one or two cloisonne tchotchkes, an arrangement of tulips or apple blossom or pussy willows, and a marble fireplace with an enormous mirror above it.