Monday, January 21, 2013

Stories You Cared About Most in 2012

DSC_8391 by ljlphotography
DSC_8391, a photo by ljlphotography on Flickr.
Johnny Whitmire is a story of Muncie, and Muncie is the story of America. In this place--dubbed "Middletown" by early 20th-century sociologists--people have lost faith in their institutions. Government, politics, corporations, the media, organized religion, organized labor, banks, businesses, and other mainstays of a healthy society are failing. It's not just that the institutions are corrupt or broken; those cliches oversimplify an existential problem: With few notable exceptions, the nation's onetime social pillars are ill-equipped for the 21st century. Most critically, they are failing to adapt quickly enough for a population buffeted by wrenching economic, technological, and demographic change.

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