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Stories by Krystal D'Costa

The (Anthropological) Truth about Walls

From the Great Wall of China to Hadrian's Wall to the New Amsterdam Wall on Wall Street to the Wall defended by Castle Black, walls have a long-standing place in history and pop culture to defend people. But they're sites of complex interactions, too

February 12, 2017 — Krystal D'Costa

The Social Benefits of Dinner Parties

Large group meals that are sponsored and produced by specific individuals are a luxury—both in terms of the foods that are served in these settings and the event itself—but they are also ripe with obligation. 

January 16, 2017 — Krystal D'Costa

The Importance of Holiday Cards

Sending written holiday greetings is not a new tradition. Holiday cards are new, however. Where did this practice come from and why does it persist?

December 24, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa

The Breakfast Economy

Whether or not breakfast actually is the most important meal of the day, the real emphasis seems to be on keeping weekday breakfast as low-key as possible

December 19, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa

3 Historical Examples of "Fake News"

History is littered with examples where the the facts were altered to suit a specific purpose. Here are three instances where falsified public accounts were used to chart the course of history

December 1, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa

Understanding The Social Capital of Fake News

Why has fake news persisted? We've built the world to enhance our automatic assumption of the “right” action. Online social networks have been primed to reflect these assumptions of human behavior: We're not inclined to vet the information our friends show us because we've curated the experience to highlight things that are important to our network. Our default inclination is to trust our network.

November 28, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa

What's the Bogeyman?

Maybe it's Michael Myers. Maybe it's a jumbie. But chances are it's something else. The real question is: Why are we all afraid of it?

October 28, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa