The inaugural issue of American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture features a set of articles titled "American Exceptionalism: Is It Real, Is It Good.", including Rogers M. Smith (Penn): “Our Republican Example”: The Significance of the American Experiments in Government in the Twenty-First Century; and Patrick Deneen (Georgetown): Cities of Man on a Hill. From New English Review, Mark Anthony Signorelli on how the typical attitude of American exceptionality needs a great deal of tempering. Michael Kazin explains what Americanism is and how it differentiates from other nationalisms around the world. How Joseph Stalin invented “American Exceptionalism”: The phrase is often attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville, but the real author was the Soviet dictator — and it wasn't a compliment. American politicians love American exceptionalism — or at least to talk about it; Scott McLemee wonders if they know the concept's odd history. Enough with "Only in America": Mitt Romney digs his country. What are some of the most interesting or shocking things Americans believe about themselves or their country?
A new issue of Humanities Diliman is out. From Evolutionary Psychology, Alan W. Gray and Lynda G. Boothroyd (Durham): Female Facial Appearance and Health; Francis T. McAndrew (Knox) and Carin Perilloux (Texas): Is Self-sacrificial Competitive Altruism Primarily a Male Activity?; and a review of Altruism in Humans by C. Daniel Batson. From The New Inquiry, an interview with George Scialabba on his most recent collection of essays, The Modern Predicament, his definition of modernity, and his new work as an editor at the rebooted Baffler. Until recently, the United States has operated 22 U.S. military bases in Latin America, 800 worldwide; now there are two more, one in Chile and another in Argentina, the first in either country. Colin Firth campaign for Brazilian tribe breaks records in just 3 days. Maria Popova on 27 of history’s strangest inventions. The Atlantic’s “Money Report” is a month-long project on why things cost what they do. Matt Drudge’s rescue mission: The conservative mogul has been pumping traffic to the Washington Times — where two of his editors write columns.
From Gizmodo, Matt Honan on the case against Google. Marissa Mayer is Google’s Chic Geek: This self-proclaimed “girly girl” runs one of Google’s fastest-growing services. A look at how bots nearly destroyed YouTube — and how YouTubers got Google to fix it. Once you’re in the weird part of YouTube, there’s no way out. From Wired, how one response to a Reddit query became a big budget flick. Hunter Moore, creator of “revenge porn” website Is Anyone Up? is the Internet’s Public Enemy No. 1 (and more at The Village Voice and more at The New Inquiry). IsAnyoneUp.com shuts down, sells domain to anti-bullying group (but Moore wants everyone to know he’s still a horrible person). Max Read on Celebrities With Big Dicks and other tales from the weird world of Wikipedia books. If Wikipedia is really going to close its gender gap, the editors are going to need more balanced and impartial reporting on the issues at hand. The "undue weight" of truth on Wikipedia: Timothy Messer-Kruse has written two books about the Haymarket riot and trial; in some circles that affords a presumption of expertise — not, however, on Wikipedia.