Five Things #42

The Blue Fairy’s Manifesto by Annalee Newitz is a tale or robot revolutionaries that poses the question of whether freedom can ever be imposed.

If you want to understand why America is faring so badly in the fight against Covid, it helps to understand deeper public attitudes toward health, and how they differ around the world. Catherine Kim explains what a Korean teenage fashion trend reveals about the culture of mask-wearing.

The electorate is split into separate information bubbles. But unconventional messengers, appeals to patriotism, and even jokes can reach voters who don’t want to listen. Anne Applebaum on how to respond when the facts just aren’t getting through.

Matt Jarvis talks to Magic: The Gathering and Keyforge creator Richard Garfield about 35 years of making the games he wants to play.

Chris Dillow considers empirical vs fantasy politics.