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Virginia Postrel
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Many liberals are telling themselves a story about Donald Trump’s victory that is depressing, frightening, self-congratulatory and not entirely true: that it represents the voters’ endorsement of racism, misogyny, ignorance and generally being a jerk.

Trump may indeed represent those things. But he didn’t win the presidency because American voters were ratifying his worst elements.
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I'm now booking speaking engagements for early next year. In addition to speaking on glamour, consumer culture, and marketing, I have a new talk on copyright particularly appropriate for student audiences: "To Promote the Progress of Science and My Work: Why this Professional Writer Believes in Short Copyright Terms and Generous Fair Use…and You Should Too." If you'd like to discuss a possible booking, please contact me at vp@vpostrel.com.
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Check out my new video. Made by my talented sister-in-law, Pam Postrel.
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The e-book edition of The Future and Its Enemies is on sale for $3.99. Extraordinarily timely for a 18-year-old book. If you want to understand the state of politics, you need to read it. http://amzn.to/2ajHH5u
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In just 2 years, Yik Yak has become an integral part of American college life. Based on media reports, I assumed it was a stream of hate-filled graffiti. Then I actually logged on. My latest @BV column.
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My latest column. Excerpt:

The black geek is never the protagonist. He may be brilliant, but he’s essentially part of the equipment. Rich Purnell (Donald Glover) is the ideal type: He appears, ingeniously solves a technical problem, and disappears. He’s the perfect nerd, a brainiac with no back story and no personal life. It’s casting that could pass muster in 1966, respectful but other. It’s casting as set decoration.

Malcolm Arakanbe is not that kind of geek. The protagonist of the delightful coming-of-age film "Dope," newly released on DVD and streaming services, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is a quirky, earnest, handsome, creative, libidinous teenager growing up in a rough Inglewood, California, neighborhood. As the rare movie that knowledgeably and sympathetically portrays smart kids who actually want to be smart, "Dope" would be significant even if it were set safely in the white suburbia of John Hughes. But portraying black geeks as multidimensional heroes on gangster turf is a radical move. It upends conventions about teenage comedies, about black characters, and, like "The Martian," about whether a nerd can carry a picture.
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If you're headed to Florence this summer, I've got advice on how to enjoy it despite the crowds--including museums for those more interested in science or military history than in yet another Madonna and Child.
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Has more financial aid attracted more Harvard students interested in engineering & applied sciences? Interim dean  & CS prof Harry Lewis thinks so. I talked to him about that and what the school's doing with the $400 million it just got from John Paulson: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-06-18/harvard-gets-its-geek-on
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No matter what you think about Reason, Silk Road, or incredibly juvenile libertarian Internet commenters, this is scary. Please read and repost my latest Bloomberg View piece.
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