The idea that Jews run the world through a cabal of money and power has been a stubbornly persistent anti-Semitic trope. In the United States, anti-Semitism has a particularly long and violent history, which is perhaps why a tweet by the freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar that was perceived as repeating this trope ignited a wave of criticism. Omar quickly issued an apology, but as a faction of Democrats question American support for Israel, her comments will likely make it harder for them to advance a nuanced debate on the topic.
Since the emoji first debuted in 1999, the playful images have grown in number and verisimilitude; recent additions to the lexicon include garlic and a yo-yo. But there’s a downside to the increased specificity of these pictures:
“As a white man whose identity is often the default in emoji, let me say explicitly that increasing diversity in the globe’s favorite pictorial language is a good thing. But all together, emoji are becoming more specific and less flexible as more icons appear. That shift doesn’t just add more choice among emoji, it also changes their semiotic function. Over time, the visual language has shifted away from abstract, ideographic uses and toward specific, illustrative ones.”
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Bridal expos have exploded in popularity in recent decades, bringing together soon-to-be-married couples and the (many) companies vying for their business in what is often a consumerist bonanza:
“It’s possible, though, to believe in two fundamental truths of weddings at the same time. First, there is nothing wrong with being in love, getting married, and wanting to celebrate that. Second, a lot of people make a lot of money by convincing couples that they can buy the perfect wedding day. ‘There’s part of me that thinks, If it didn’t involve money, would I care? What’s the harm? … But it does involve money—it involves a lot of money and a lot of debt.’”
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Every Monday, Lori Gottlieb answers questions from readers about their problems, big and small. This week, Mike from Philadelphia writes:
“My oldest daughter (from my first marriage) hasn’t wanted a relationship with me for more than 25 years. I remarried about 28 years ago and have two children, both daughters, with my current wife. My oldest daughter was a bridesmaid at the second wedding and seemed accepting of the new family dynamic. Her mother had also remarried, a few years earlier. My daughter is now 48 years old, and her sisters are 27 and 28. Although we have encountered one another at extended-family events (christenings, graduations, her brothers’ weddings, etc.), she does not acknowledge me, my wife, or her sisters.”
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