Magazine May 29, 2017, Issue

Closed Circle

John Boyega and Emma Watson in The Circle (Route One Entertainment)

There are two ways to make technology terrifying. You can place it in the wrong hands — the rogue government agency, the power-hungry corporation, the monologuing supervillain. Or you can suggest that there are no right hands, that our machines are corrupting society from the bottom up.

The first approach gets you a gadget-driven action movie, a ’70s-style paranoid thriller, a Bourne or Bond film. The second approach gets you a dystopia, with the BBC anthology series Black Mirror being the most powerful recent example. In Mirror, the various brave new worlds of social-media tyranny have no villain, no mastermind, not

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Girl with Bull I read Jay Nordlinger’s piece about Fearless Girl (“Girl, Misplaced,” May 1) and her placement opposite Charging Bull and agree that it’s an injustice that the new sculpture ...
The Week

The Week

‐ We were for firing Comey before the Democrats were against it. ‐ President Trump fired FBI director James Comey, who had made himself eminently fireable. Last July, Comey took it ...
Poetry

Poetry

MOONLIGHT IN NASHUA The moonlight rouses me at half past three, piercing through thick curtains I had drawn, but for this gap. My heavy-lidded eyes return the glare. What’s this bald rock to me but ...

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