From the Journal of Social Structure, Dean Lusher (Melbourne) and Robert Ackland (ANU): A Relational Hyperlink Analysis of an Online Social Movement. Chad Wellmon (Virginia): Why Google Isn't Making Us Stupid or Smart. Internet makes us smarter and dumber: Future humans will be both multitaskers and screen-bound hermits — is this a good thing? Here's what Google (plus Microsoft and Amazon) will sell at their stores. I'm being followed: How Google — and 104 other companies — are tracking you on the Web (and more and more). Me want cookies: Apple’s pro-privacy, anti-cookie strategy for mobile Web browsing hurts Google, but it doesn’t help users. Rex Hammond likes Apple — and he likes that the US Justice Dept. is preparing to sue them. From Blog.org, David Brake so wishes we could uninvent Twitter. Streaming Dream: YouTube takes on traditional television. The Internet makes magic disappear: YouTube has killed the magician's art, and threatens the stores where tricks have been passed down for generations. The "visible web" is what you can find using general web search engines — the "invisible web" is what you cannot find using these types of tools.
Alberto Alemanno (HEC Paris): Nudging Smokers: The Behavioural Turn of Tobacco Risk Regulation. From Situations, a special issue on cinema, globalization and uneven development. From The Awl, when exactly did it get cool to be a geek? An interview with Mark Sisson on the paleo/primal lifestyle. David Ropeik on the irrational risk of thinking we can be rational about risk. The politics of shit and semen: From gay marriage to Occupy, why is it that ideological disagreements are so often expressed as revulsion? A Hipstamatic Moment: Kodak is bankrupt, but we still crave the instant nostalgia that was once the company’s hallmark. A review of Society Against Itself: Political Correctness and Organizational Self-Destruction by Howard S. Schwartz. Energetic Libertarian Nuts sounds like a diabetes-inducing breakfast cereal — the mascot should a mischievous leprechaun, but instead of charms, the sugar would be in the shape of gold coins; each box would contain one of twelve Ron Paul miniatures. There is never, and cannot ever be, peak wingnut — this is just the beginning.
From New Geography, John L. Gann on rethinking college towns. From The Chronicle, Milton Greenberg on tenure's dirty little secret. From Academe, an interview with Ross Perlin, author of Intern Nation; a review of Affirmative Action for the Rich: Legacy Preferences in College Admissions; and Matthew Woessner on rethinking the plight of conservatives in higher education: Findings that run against the grain of assumptions. From The Weekly Standard, innocence abroad: Edith Wharton, at 150, is introduced to Cultural Studies; and Yale’s kiss-in protest and the clash between Sex Week and True Love Week are indicative of a larger ideological struggle going on at many colleges and universities. When did college become so pornographic? Brown Bares is the latest in a trend of anonymous, user uploaded websites where students share pictures of their privates on campus. Robert Weissberg on the white male shortage on campus. Adam Davidson on the dwindling power of a college degree. A question of honor: Cheating on campus undermines the reputation of our universities and the value of their degrees — now is the time for students themselves to stop it.