From Public History Review, a special issue on historical representation in the Anglosphere. From City Journal, Joel Kotkin and Shashi Parulekar on the State of the Anglosphere: The decline of the English-speaking world has been greatly exaggerated. An interview with David Goodhart on immigration and multiculturalism in Great Britain. A review of Fairness and Freedom: A History of Two Open Societies, New Zealand and the United States by by David Hackett Fischer. Sam Leith considers the divisions between British and American rhetoric. Where is conservatism heading in the English-speaking world? This question is currently being answered in the four countries of the Anglosphere —- namely, the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Britain —- in four distinctive ways. From Rabble, a look at how Canadian triumphalism is increasingly bizarre, but Canadian cultural nationalism lives. From Quadrant, Patrick Morgan on the geo-political case for a Big Australia. God Save the Queen: Why the British monarchy may not outlive Elizabeth. Long Live the Queen: Intellectuals tend to snobbishly decry any love for royalty, but the British would be crazy not to exploit their unique national asset.
The latest issue of Google’s Think Quarterly is out. Vivienne Matthies-Boon (Groningen): Habermas and Bush's Neoconservatives: Too Close for Comfort? From Logos, a review of The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism, and the Remaking of New Orleans. Do advertisers aim hidden messages at the public? Scott McLemee examines a cultural history of concealed influence. Is the cult of remembrance holding us back? In an era of Google archives and tragedy tourism, we need to relearn how to forget. Obama is working to prove he can get things accomplished, even when dealing with a do-little Congress. Ever since Tom Wolfe in a classical 1970 essay coined the term "radical chic", upper-class flirtation with radical causes has been ridiculed — but by separating aesthetics from politics Wolfe was actually more reactionary than the people he criticized. From New York, Matthew Shaer on the case(s) against law school. Character and Its Discontents: When we discover that the criminal has a soft side, or that the charming hostess has a mean streak, why are we surprised?
A new issue of International Journal on Human-Computer Interaction is out. From the Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence, a special issue on ubiquitous and collaborative computing. From Fibreculture Journal, a special issue on ubiquitous or pervasive computing. Infamous for failing to commercialize the technologies it invented, Xerox's R&D subsidiary PARC has a new strategy for innovation — make money. Sam Knight goes inside UCL’s Financial Computing Centre, where the brightest brains on the planet are now calculating our future. The first chapter from Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today's Computers by John MacCormick. From Edge, George Dyson on a universe of self-replicating code (and more and more and more and more and more and more on Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe). Evgeny Morozov reviews Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. As the new iPad debuts, a look back at the greatest stories ever written about the first computers. Computers dominate how we live, work and think: There could be bizarre consequences and humans may be on the losing end of progress.