Anupam Chander (UC-Davis): Facebookistan. Zsolt Kelemen (Szeged): Becoming the New Socialite? Facebook, Transmedia and Storytelling in the Age of New Media. From Cyberpsychology, Stephan Winter, Nina Haferkamp and Yvonne Stock (Duisburg-Essen) and Nicole C. Kramer (Dresden): The Digital Quest for Love: The Role of Relationship Status in Self-Presentation on Social Networking Sites. Laurie Johnson (USQ): Between Form and Function: History and Identity in the Blogosphere. From Wired, Brian Christian on the A/B Test: Inside the technology that's changing the rules of business. Ryan Tate on Twitter’s secret history as the world’s worst tech or media business. Dmitry Orlov on making the Internet safe for anarchy. The sound of the Internet: If the Internet makes a sound (and it does), are you listening? From Buzzfeed, John Herrman on a human's guide to the tech bubble. Are LOLCats making us smart? Academics are starting to take a hard look at Internet memes and the cultural sensibilities they reflect. Tumblr released statistics that prove what most people could have only guessed: There are a shit ton of “Fuck Yeah” blogs.
Mihaela Morariu (TUIASI): Public and Private in the Anthropology of Hannah Arendt. From feminists@law, a special section on Feminist Engagements with the Return to the Commons. Social criticism in the age of the normalized intellectual: Contrary to repeated claims of the disappearance of the intellectuals, their participation in public discussion has never been livelier than in today’s advanced democracies, Axel Honneth argues. What comes after the hipster? Flavorwire asks the experts. People in Economics: A compilation of interviews published in Finance and Development magazine of Nobel prize winners, policymakers, and intellectual leaders around the world in the fields of finance and economics. Marc Ambinder on ten things he learned during a decade in D.C. Is the filibuster unconstitutional? Ezra Klein wants to know. From Against the Current, Paul Ortiz on C.L.R. James' visionary legacy. The great legal paradox of our time: Jack Goldsmith on how civil libertarians strengthened the National Security State. The business of war: Shane Smith on SOFEX: Experiencing the military-industrial complex trade show.
Stefania Codruta Jucan (UCDC) and Calin-Stefan Georgia Calin (UBBCLUJ): Great Britain’s “Shari’a” Courts: Between Religion and Secularism. Has the OSCE succumbed to shariah? An interview with Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff. From National Review, Andrew C. McCarthy on western Sharia: Muslim supremacists partner with the Lawyer Left. From Azure, Islamotopia: Uriya Shavit on why liberty can't withstand the political rule of the Koran. From New English Review, Jerry Gordon on how dialogue with radical Muslims is dangerous for American Jews, and on how American Jews who support Shariah imperil us all. From Moment, Marshall Breger on why Jews can’t criticize sharia law. From First Things, Robert K. Vischer on the dangers of anti-Sharia laws. With his new book, Stefan Weidner would like to straighten out our simplified, cliche-ridden perception of Islam by looking at phenomena such as Sharia from an unusual perspective. From Guernica, an interview with Sadakat Kadri on Muslim and Western ignorance of what Sharia law really means — and the real concerns that should be targeted.