The lead article distinguishes two political concepts, rights and needs, that are often confused with one another. The second article discusses the questions students ask of their teachers and the questions teachers ask of their students. The third article addresses the Whitney Museum's take on the art of the past fifty years. The last article considers whether religion really does go into decline because there are fewer risks in the modern world.
The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.