Ilana M. Gershon (Indiana): Un-Friend My Heart: Facebook, Promiscuity, and Heartbreak in a Neoliberal Age. Jonathan Zittrain (Harvard): Will the Web Break? Every online scam begins more or less the same — a random e-mail, a sketchy attachment — but every so often, a new type of hacker comes along; is he following your every move? In search of serendipity: It means more than a happy coincidence, and it's under threat from the internet. Could the Internet ever be destroyed? The coming threats to the global Internet could take many forms. LiveJournal, one of the web's most popular early blogging sites, is launching a comeback in the US (and more). Kim Dotcom, Pirate King: Is Megaupload's founder a criminal mastermind, or the world's most entertaining scapegoat? The Great and Powerful Reddit: How the site went from a second-tier aggregator to the Web’s unstoppable force. Who sent that sex-toy e-mail? Robert McMillan on your friendly Chinese spamufacturer. Wolfram Alpha Pro’s creator wants his “computational knowledge engine” to appeal to more than math and science enthusiasts. Does it make sense to think of the Internet as a “place” that might be “policed” in some comprehensive way, as by a town sheriff?
A new issue of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy is out. Martins Kaprans (Latvia): Did We Ignore the Social Commentary? Responding to Borat on YouTube. Aaron Maurice Saari (Xavier): Beck-Styled Liberation: Bulletpoints and Bromides. From Philosophy for Business, toward corporate preeminence: Sean Jasso on the greatness of corporate soul (and Geoffrey Klempner on the right to be greedy). Who is Peta Lindsay? Meet the black woman running for president on a platform of socialist revolution. From Geocurrents, while the alter-worlds of the sci-fi literature and film may not always be geographically accurate, if not “positively simple-minded”, they do a little bit better from the linguistic perspective; a look at how to create an “exotic” language: Na’vi and Dothraki; and an article on speculative fiction, imagined geographies, and social alternatives. As important as the commons may be, why study it in a business school rather than in humanities or social science departments? Worth all the sweat: Just why exercise is so good for people is, at last, being understood. A look at 5 creepy forms of mind control you're exposed to daily.
From NYRB, we’re more unequal than you think: A review essay by Andrew Hacker (and more from TNR). Many researchers have reached a conclusion that turns conventional wisdom on its head: Americans enjoy less economic mobility than their peers in Canada and much of Western Europe. Is expertise about poverty possible in a country where the phenomenon itself is deemed morally perverse? A review of La fin de la pauvrete? Les experts sociaux en guerre contre la pauvrete aux Etats-Unis by Romain Huret. The myth of American productivity: Politicians say we have the most productive workers in the world — they don't know what they're talking about. Making it in America: The story of Standard Motor Products, a family-run manufacturer in Queens, illuminates what it takes to survive in today’s economy — and why the jobs crisis will be so hard to solve. An excerpt from Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened and Everyman Elevated America by Daniel J. Flynn. A look at how large U.S. corporations have been the biggest winners of the recession. Lessons for Obama: Gerard Colby on how FDR fended off the 1%’s attacks against his New Deal reforms. A review of Borrow: The American Way of Debt by Louis Hyman.