As an author, I have a vested interest in copyright law. More than being illegal, I view piracy as morally wrong - but to put large corporations in charge of deciding what is or is not a violation of copyright is just totally ludicrous.
I keep hearing how America is "the most divided it's been since the Civil War." Superlatives aside, we are obviously incredibly divided along political lines. People seem confused about it, but I think the reason is pretty obvious: Based on the news we watch, we no longer live in the same America.
Persecuted though they are, queer teens don't hold the patent on feeling bullied--and sociological criticisms don't invalidate the experiences of individuals.
The lukewarm response from many white Americans to the murder of Trayvon Martin has been upsetting - but I think it has less to do with overt racism, and more to do with white America's reluctance to believe that racism is alive and well in America, and not just a part of our past.
How a late-night comedian changed American politics, saved my sanity, and gave us President Obama--and why he's right to leave the Daily Show behind.
In 2009, I listened as ACLU attorney Chris Hansen outlined a radical new strategy to defeat gene patenting. Four years later, the Supreme Court has agreed with Hansen and the ACLU, and handed down a victory for women, for cancer research, and for science.