Jutta Haider and Olof Sundin (Lund): Beyond the Legacy of the Enlightenment? Online Encyclopaedias as Digital Heterotopias. Brandon Beemer (Colorado): Mashups: A Literature Review and Classification Framework. From Wired, 10 years after: A look back at the dotcom boom and bust. An article on how ICANN, the little-understood, policy-setting body that’s in charge of the net’s address system, and its energetic new leader, Rod Beckstrom, is gearing up for some of its biggest challenges yet. Russell M Davies on the value of metadata. How privacy vanishes online: Using bits of data from social network sites, researchers gleaned names, ages and even Social Security numbers. Even if you do have a mostly private Facebook profile, others can glean vital information about you — just by looking at your friend list. Here's a look at the 7 types of Internet lists and 5 reasons the Internet could die at any moment. Loss in the Internet Age: Facing the death of a loved one will never quite be the same in an era of 1800Flowers.com e-reminders and Facebook walls. From Business Insider, here is the full story of how Facebook was founded. Facebook may be great at connecting long-lost friends, but could it also be used as a legal defense? A look at how Twitter and Facebook make us more productive. More and more and more on You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier (and more at Bookforum). From Writ, a landlord/tenant defamation case highlights the risks of Twitter. The Curated Web: Tumblr, a relatively new blogging platform, just might be the future of the social Internet. An interview with Andrey Ternovskiy, creator of Chatroulette (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Before Chatroulette, there was the Circuit, a combination of Match.com, Skype, and the transporter from Star Trek.


From The Root, Dayo Olopade on how black women became powerful, on why are there so few black women politicians, and on tomorrow's crop of black women leaders. Are our asteroid-destroying nukes big enough? A new study shows that blasted asteroids could re-form, Terminator-style. Why are we afraid to tax the super-rich? Recording sexual behaviour in the sixteenth century: An excerpt from Shakespeare, Sex & Love by Stanley Wells. Diversity training has swept corporate America — just one problem: It doesn’t seem to work. Children’s books have privileged a paradigm of homogeneity and heterosexuality, but lately a number of children’s books that reflect existing diversity have been steadily appearing. Toward a New Alexandria: Lisbet Rausing on imagining the future of libraries. From The Nation, a review of Freedom's Orator: Mario Savio and the Radical Legacy of the 1960s by Robert Cohen. GalleyCat Reviews collects some classic criticism of Alice in Wonderland from some great writers. The decision to honor Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternative History has provoked controversy; Scott McLemee meditates on the protest. From This Recording, Alex Canevale on The Urge to Rehab; and Dick Cheney on Sex with Josh Holloway: "You guys. This is a perilous time in American life for precisely all the reasons you're thinking of". Michael Dirda on how Robert K. Merton's classic work of comic scholarship On the Shoulders of Giants is a uniquely witty, digressive entertainment for the mind. The Gay Terrorist: A new story about the run-up to 9/11 has emerged — a previously undisclosed, covert C.I.A. effort to recruit a spy to penetrate Al Qaeda a year and a half before the planes crashed into the towers.


Carolyn Erler (Texas Tech): The Obama Code: Ghosts and Monsters in the Visual Datasphere. From Commentary, Michael J. Lewis on the art of Obama worship. The lavishly illustrated Art for Obama is more than just another coffee table tome. White Canvas House: What’s revealing about Obama’s art selections for the White House has nothing to do with gender or race — it’s more abstract than that (and more on the Obamas' taste in art). Art theory on the news: Barack Obama rented all this new art to express his feelings about things. Why dictators love kitsch: Kim Jong Il-Clinton photo op spotlights a style that’s long glorified tyrants. From Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, a review of Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority (and a roundtable on defining anarchist art). When art was by and for the people: The modern left seems to think good art should exclude the masses — William Morris knew better. James Matthew Wilson on art and beauty against the politicized aesthetic (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5 and part 6 and part 7). The comfort of ignorance: The Right continues its shameless crusade against the arts. Tamara Rojo, one of the world's greatest ballerinas, says we should treasure our lack of political interference in the arts. Davide Panagia’s The Political Life of Sensation asks whether there is an aesthetics in democracy. An article on the Berlin Wall and how today's art reflects 20 years of memories. The art of diplomacy: An excerpt from Master of Shadows: The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens by Mark Lamster. Gregory Sholette |inprint/01603/4324|reviews| Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era_ by Julia Bryan-Wilson. The art of politics: As the Federal Duck Stamp turns 75, what's coming out of the national government's only art contest?


From Triple Canopy, Joshua Cohen on Thirty-Six Shades of Prussian Blue: Reading the world’s first artificial color; and De Tribus Impostoribus: Victoria Miguel on an Internet play inspired by the eponymous book (which was neither written nor published), consisting of three dialogues on the limits and imperfections of language. An interview with  David Kirby, author of Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment. The People v. Bush: Charlotte Dennett on how to prosecute a president. The first study of magazines and their various approaches to websites, undertaken by Columbia Journalism Review, found publishers are still trying to work out how best to utilise the online medium. The only thing standard about magazines’ Web sites is that there are no standards. Here's a proposition: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the outstanding democratically elected national leader in the world today. A confluence of forces over the past two years could be contributing to a bizarre rise in real-life, mask-and-spandex super heroes. A segregated peace: Is this how Northern Ireland was supposed to turn out? In celebration of Small Press Month, the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row blog profiles The Great Books Foundation. Dirigible Dreams: Is one of aviation's most enduring technological hopes about to become a reality? An article on Siberia, the next Costa Rica. How men in grey suits changed the world: Accountancy has a reputation for dullness but its history is the history of civilisation itself, from the evolution of government and taxation to trade and capitalism. The New McCarthyism: How a smearing of Justice Department lawyers as "terrorist sympathizers" traveled from the conservative media to the United States Senate.

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From the JRB, conflicting narratives mar all discussion of the settler movement, impeding dispassionate understanding of its origin and destination — all writers are either “with us” or “against us”. From AI, Daniel Kurtzer on how West Bank settlements hollow out respect for the law in the State of Israel; are the settlements illegal? Answering that question is a pitfall the Obama Administration has been wise to avoid; and Israel and America have long taken opposite approaches to managing Palestinians and other Arabs — it’s time we recognized the divide. From Haaretz, do Israelis and Palestinians belong to one divided society, or to two separate societies in a situation of forced proximity as a result of a temporary occupation? From Logos, a review of Eyal Weizman's Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation, Saree Makdisi's Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation, and Neve Gordon's Israel’s Occupation. Could the Israeli government make it any more obvious they have no intention of sharing the Over-Promised Land with its other inhabitants? The Palestinians should now declare their independence. Michael Herzog on the Hamas Conundrum: The untamed shrew, four years on. An excerpt from Norman G. Finkelstein's This Time We Went Too Far: Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion. Operation Cast Lead and the ethics of just war: Was Israel's conduct in its campaign against Hamas morally justified? Fearful Asymmetry: James Traub reads the Goldstone Report. To the victor go the street names: The real legacy of regional conflict can be found in the smallest details — street names, curriculum choices — that painfully enshrine some of the worst violence. A review of Politics and Violence in Israel/Palestine by Lev Luis Grinberg. An excerpt from A Wall in Palestine by Rene Backmann.

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