In August 2011, Jamie Holmes wrote about how SMS is the driving force behind technology-enabled changes in commerce, crime, political participation, and governing in the developing world.
In October 2014, Russell Berman wrote about the end of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" program.
The year you were born, Stanley Fish wrote about the American political vocabulary and "racism" being detached from its historical conditions.
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The conflicts and displacements touched off around the world by the attacks have been reverberating for the majority of your life. “This ‘war’ [on terrorism] will never be over,” wrote James Fallows, a few years after the towers fell.
In May 2012, Stephen Marche wrote about how Facebook and other social-media platforms were making people lonely, even as they connected them to others more than ever before.
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High School Musical was released in 2006.
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When 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, he ignited a tinderbox of protests that continue to roil the Middle East, and kindled the beginnings of democracy in Tunisia.
In May 2011, Nicholas Jackson provided an infographic breakdown of the assault on bin Laden's Abbottabad compound.
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In August 2014, Kevin O'Keeffe wrote about which emojis would represent celebrities.
But it's possible to prevent that. In May 2016, Ed Yong wrote about the recommended steps to avert a post-antibiotic apocalypse.
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