The students tell me about a site they visited in New Jersey, one of the new buildings purpose-built to be a server facility. They describe a space all done up in glowing blue LED strips — a geek’s science fiction idea of what a computer facility should look like. They tell me about the tour guide enthusiastically telling them how many layers of security they’d passed through to even reach the front gate, and how the building was protected against someone driving up with a bomb in the back of a van.
Empowered by social media, feminists are calling one another out for ideological offenses. Is it good for the movement? And whose movement is it?
Study after study has shown that those who live with children are less satisfied with their lives than those who do not. Is there something wrong with these empirical analyses? Or is it that happiness measures are unreliable? This column argues that the results are correct but that comparisons of the wellbeing of parents and non-parents are of no help at all for people trying to decide whether to have children.