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The Best Articles in Society

The most useful articles and videos in Society from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Society Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Society by Refind users in 2023 so far.

  1. What Happens When Modern Society Rebrands an Ancient Philosophy?
  2. 9 astonishing ways that living standards have improved around the world
  3. Young people are using drugs as escapism more than ever before
  4. The world has reached 8 billion people — but soon we'll hit a decline we'll never reverse
  5. Will Millennials ever be able to retire?

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Short Articles

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Long Articles

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Thought Leaders

We monitor hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, and newsletters in Society, including:

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zeynep tufekci

Complex systems, wicked problems. Society, technology, science and more. @Columbia professor. @NYTimes columnist. My newsletter @insight http://www.theinsight.org

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Ida Bae Wells

Reporter @nytmag//Creator #1619Project//EP #1619Hulu//Co-founder @IBWellsSociety //Founder @c4jdhowardu //Knight Chair @howardu//

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danah boyd

sociotechnical researcher | Microsoft Research, Georgetown, Data & Society | zephoria@zephoria.org | (@zephoria@mastodon.social) | https://zephoria.substack.com

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Ibram X. Kendi

Partner • #GirlDad • Scholar • BU Prof • Dir @AntiracismCtr • @NationalBook Award Winner • #1 NYT Bestselling Author • MacArthur Fellow • Surviving Cancer 🐍

Publications

We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Society, including:

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Big Think

Learn from the world’s greatest thinkers. Join us on https://www.youtube.com/c/bigthink.

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Scott Galloway

Product of big government @ucla @ucberkeley | Prof Marketing @NYUStern | Right of Center-Left | #ProfGPod @PivotPod | Strategy Sprint http://section4.com

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MIT Technology Review

Our in-depth reporting on innovation reveals and explains what’s really happening now to help you know what’s coming next. http://technologyreview.com/newsletters

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n+1

n+1 is a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics.

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