Ned O’Gorman, associate professor of communication and Conrad Humanities Professorial Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His books include Spirits of the Cold War: Contesting Worldviews in the Classical Age of American Security Strategy and The Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy in America Since the Kennedy Assassination.
Many began watching last night’s debate wondering: Which Trump would it be? But there’s only one.
In identifying “the system” as the issue of this election, Trump has managed to find a singular concept by which to encompass issues from wage stagnation to political corruption.
Numbers and big data may be able to show us how to do things better, but they cannot show us how to do things.