From Low Countries Historical Review, a special issue on a New Dutch Imperial History: Connecting Dutch and Overseas Pasts. The Law of Averageness: Why do Burger King and McDonald’s start to sell the same salad? There’s a name for that phenomenon. Notes on a strange world: Massimo Polidoro on Hitler’s South Pole hideaway. Having nerd qualities, apparently, is nothing to be ashamed of anymore; it shows you’re quirky, unique and intelligent — so whatever happened to getting stuffed into the trash can for being different? The Internet talks to the Internet about the Internet, makes fun of you. If you look at the internet long enough, you will eventually go insane. Do guns kill people or do people kill people, and is it television or bad parenting that’s destroying the American family? These are worn-out false dichotomies about the political nature of technology.

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