Gregory Cameron (Wilfrid Laurier): Politics and the Internet: A Phenomenological Critique. Matthew Robert Auer (Indiana): The Policy Sciences of Social Media. Occupy geeks are building a Facebook for the 99%. There is no next Facebook: Alexis Madrigal on how multiple social networks will peacefully coexist. From Daily Dot, a look at why Reddit is sexist — and what to do about it. Google is the reification of the general intellect — it manages to take human curiosity and turn it into capital. The YouTube Laugh Factory: Ben Austen on a studio system for viral video. Mega-man: Sean Gallagher on the fast, fabulous, fraudulent life of Megaupload's Kim Dotcom. Jimmy Wales needs your help: Amid concerns over its shrinking editor base, Wikipedia sets out to prove it can survive and expand on small donations. Hipster Runoff is a website whose evolution after finding an audience is part success story, part cautionary tale for anyone looking for a foothold in web culture. From Cracked, here are 5 things to learn by quitting the Internet; and a look at 4 awful ways the Internet is tainting everything else.
A new issue of Swedish Book Review is out. From Rosetta, Joe Uziel (Albright): Technology and Ideology in Middle Bronze Age Canaan. Kenneth W. Mack argues that Barack Obama's election as President of the Harvard Law Review in 1990 provides an important view of the qualities that led to his rise in national politics following his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Mumia Abu-Jamal reviews Love and Struggle: My Life with SDS, the Weather Underground and Beyond by David Gilbert. From Tottenville Review, R. Salvador Reyes on confessions of a literary Darwinist; and a review of Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model by Ashley Mears. With his parody of children’s books, Highly Inapproriate Tales for Young People, Douglas Coupland joins his Gen X peers, revelling in nostalgia — isn’t it time to grow up? That prized garage space or curbside spot you’ve been yearning for may be costing you and the city in ways you never realized — a journey into the world of parking. More and more and more on Pity the Billionaire by Tom Frank.
From Sojourners, which side are you on? Wes Howard-Brook on a study on the Bible's "two religions". From Touchstone, Barry Hankins on how the culture war of the Roaring Twenties set the stage for today’s Catholic and Evangelical alliance; why fight same-sex marriage? Douglas Farrow investigates; Gillis Harp on the tyranny of modern freedom versus the freedom of Jesus; what is man? Anthony Esolen on what Raskolnikov knew and translators have lost; and Marilyn Prever on the truth we don’t know about fairies, leprechauns, UFOs, ETs and other entities. From Ship of Fools, da Jesus Book, fo real: Mark Howe on how getting the Bible onto digital devices such as smartphones and tablets has become a publishing phenomenon; a look at how the Virgin Mary is always played by the good, the pretty and teacher's pets; and they're handy and holy: Here are the 12 brightest and newest Gadgets for God. From The Guardian, can it be rational for the religious to be non-rational? From The Philosopher, Zenon Stavrinides on taking an empirical approach to religious belief.