Sixes and Sevens: an irregular collection of the contextual, the cultural, and other things that catch my eye.

Gaslighting Ophelia. Edwin Austin Abbey’s The Play Scene in Ophelia (1897). Via Wikipedia.

At last the politicians are gunning for Big Tech. Even in America. Journalist Matt Stoller dissects the House Antitrust Committee’s investigation into large technology platforms.

COVID-19 isn’t a pandemic. It’s a ‘syndemic’. The virus interacts with a clutch of non-communicable diseases that have a lot to do with inequality.

The world’s corporations are on a burning platform. If climate change doesn’t get them, social inequality will. Diane Coyle reviews Rebecca Henderson’s Reimagining Capitalism.

Solar energy just keeps on getting cheaper. In some parts of the world it’s now the cheapest energy in history.

It’s a grim time to be an artist or a creator. Digital production and distribution has funnelled earnings to most successful. William Deresiewicz’s new book is reviewed (at length) in the LA Review of Books.

We think of Hamlet as a hero. But when you look at him close-up he’s a sociopath.

_“The whole world’s at sixes and sevens, and why the house hasn’t fallen down about our ears long ago is a miracle to me.” (Thornton Wilder)