CIVIC DESIGN GONE AWRY

When you hear the term “design,” you likely think of things like logos, Photoshop and well-oiled machines. What you likely do not think of is government. But, whether it’s good or bad, our government is a design.  We know the blueprint of our government as the Constitution and Bill of Rights of course.  And lately it would seem that, like so many other institutions in our country, our government is failing us.  But what if it isn’t the design of government, but rather the design of our politics that is to blame?  We’re not used to thinking of politics as separate and apart from our governmental institutions, but separating the two just may lead to a better ability to redesign and make what’s wrong, right while not messing with what’s actually working.   (more…)

THE RESOLUTION TO VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES AND MINORS: WHAT WOULD SUPERMAN DO?

The U.S. Supreme Court vetoed a California law that bans violent video game sales to minors last week. The decision, though to many it may seem obvious in one direction or another, was a difficult one to come by. Undeniably strong arguments were made on all points of the spectrum, with unusual pairings of justices who you do not often see siding with each other.  This leads me to believe that this issue is something that cannot be adequately regulated by law and law alone: a legal ban on violent content to minors is a very simple resolution to a very complex issue. And, generally speaking, a quick fix to a complex issue is not a good fix. (more…)