Top Ideas of Past Year
Atlantic Monthly runs down issues steered the national discourse in past year
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2008 5:19 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Which ideas informed the national discourse (or lack thereof) in the past year? Well, the Atlantic Monthly knows, and there are 11 … er, 11½. From the troop surge in Iraq to post-partisan politics to the provocatively titled “mass-market atheism,” a look at some of the most captivating concepts of the past 12 months:

  • Carbon consciousness: Going green catches on.
  • Torture: It's clear now that Abu Ghraib was no exception to the rule.
  • "Not Bombing Iran": What might have been seems unlikely ... for now.
  • Renting: Perhaps a better option than foreclosure.
  • "MySpace Politics": OMG, a text from Obama? Actually, not that unusual.

For the complete list (and attendant explanations), click the link below.