Is Wikipedia a victim of its own success? From Boston Review, edit this page: Is it the end of Wikipedia? Mob Rule: Steven Levy on how users took over Twitter. The Tao of Innovation: Moses Ma on understanding the psychology of Twitter (and more). An interview with Yiying Lu, creator of Twitter’s Fail Whale. How much work can "hyper-socializing" students or employees really accomplish if they are holding multiple conversations with friends via text-messaging, or are obsessively checking Facebook? From Fast Capitalism, David W. Hill on leaving Facebook. Ken Auletta on 10 things Google has taught us, why it's uniquely successful, and what that means for the media world (and an excerpt from Googled: The End of the World As We Know It and more and more and more and more). Is it wrong to sleep with your sister?: Here's the winner of the Google Suggest contest. It's all semantics: Searching for an intuitive Internet that knows what is said — and meant. Creepy crawly ad bots: Contextual ads generated by Web crawlers based on private email content might provide fresh, up-to-the-second advertising copy, but these so-called geniuses are no Don Draper. For the love of God, I don’t want whiter teeth or a flatter stomach: Who’s to blame for these hideous Internet ads that just won’t go away? We won the war on spam: Despite continued hysteria, unwanted e-mail is largely a thing of the past. From Wired, here's a farewell to Geocities; and a "How To" on winning an Internet flame war: "a) Recognize and refute these nefarious tactics. b) Use them to your own nefarious advantage". There is one class of frivolous Web stuff for which to make an exception: The laughing baby.
The introduction to Health, Luck, and Justice by Shlomi Segall. Amid the smoldering wreckage of the popular culture, James Wolcott blames Reality TV, which has not only ruined network values, destroyed the classic documentary, and debased the art of bad acting, but also fomented class warfare, antisocial behavior, and murder. Why puppy love matters for parents: Youngsters' choice of dating partners — as early as middle school — actually shapes their development to a surprising degree; why parents should be involved. An interview with Umberto Eco: "We like lists because we don't want to die". The Last Magazine: Here's what The New Yorker's masthead would probably look like. On New York magazine: Socially redeeming copy in defense of voyeurism is no vice. An excerpt from Consequential Strangers by Melinda Blau and Karen L. Fingerman. Daniel Berchenko considers the history of the dollar’s haphazard rise to global currency standard, its geopolitical consequences and the difficulty of breaking its hold. A look at how there are no seven stages of grief — you can even get over it quickly. A review of Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man, and His Times by William E. Wallace. The monuments of civilization: Raju Peddada on a tale of literary inventions and The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio. Nobel Prizes and Nobel Promises: President Obama probably rattled and hummed in disbelief when he got his Nobel Prize — ask Bono. Harvey Cox on why fundamentalism will fail: A seemingly unstoppable force is being undone from the inside. A review of A Philosophy of Pain by Arne Johan Vetlesen. An interview with Edward Skidelsky on five books about virtue.
From Salon, Michael Lind on the tax breaks that ate America: The greatest threat to the U.S. economy is not creeping socialism — it's creeping subsidism; and that sound you hear is the social fabric about to snap — here's what the federal government can do about the jobs crisis. A modern safety net: We need to update our social contract for the real lives of working families in a brutal economy. A review of Poverty, Justice, and Western Political Thought by Sharon K. Vaughan. From Cato Unbound, Will Wilkinson on economic inequality and the mirage of injustice. Don't know nothing about poverty: Economic voodoo can't make income inequality go away. David Runciman reviews The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. Have the very wealthy achieved victory in their class-war? A new theory on fairness in economics targets CEO pay. From Dissent, Linda Gordon how the New Deal was a good idea — we should try it this time; and Peter Edelman on welfare and the poorest of the poor. Mis-measuring poverty: In recent years, there has been a growing effort to revamp our poverty definition. Putting poverty in its place: Neighborhood-based approaches can succeed, if they're part of a broader urban strategy. Race, wealth, and intergenerational poverty: There will never be a post-racial America if the wealth gap persists. Don't forget the men: Why has helping the single, childless workers become the darling of poverty policy? Give me your tired, your poor, your big fat asses: Does poverty make people obese, or is it the other way around?
From Telos, an interview with Michael Marder on Carl Schmitt and the political sphere. A review of the first English translation of Carl Schmitt's Verfassungslehre ("Constitutional Theory"). A review of German Intellectuals and the Nazi Past by A. Dirk Moses. A review of Heidegger and a Metaphysics of Feeling: Angst and the Finitude of Being by Sharin N. Elkholy. The evil of banality: Ron Rosenbaum on troubling new revelations about Arendt and Heidegger. Carlin Romano reviews Heidegger: The Introduction of Nazism Into Philosophy by Emmanuel Faye (and a response; and more). The problem with Heidegger is not that you can smell the smoke from the crematories through the vaguely mystical "primordialness" of it all, but that you can’t. Being, Time and Place: Heidegger's hut has become a place of pilgrimage. Who voted for Hitler?: An article on ordinary economic voting behavior in the extraordinary election of Adolf Hitler. The Last Nazi: Funny thing is, John Demjanjuk was never a Nazi, nor Ivan the Terrible, nor even German — so why now is he standing trial in Munich? Nazi assassin Heinrich Boere goes on trial in Germany (and more). Robert Paxton reviews The Shameful Peace: How French Artists and Intellectuals Survived the Nazi Occupation by Frederic Spotts. Fashionable fascism: A review of The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses by Stephen H. Norwood (and more on a Nazi at Harvard). Steve Hochstadt on Weimar America: You don’t have to be a Holocaust-obsessed Jewish academic to see what is going on.