From New Scientist, what causes some photos, videos, and Twitter posts to spread across the internet like wildfire while others fall by the wayside? What goes viral may be completely arbitrary. The other Internet problem: One of the starkest contrasts between American and Jewish law involves humiliation — today, an American can literally embarrass someone to death. We, the web kids: Piotr Czerski on how the expectations of young people have been conditioned by their experiences of the Internet. Does Facebook turn people into narcissists? With friends like these: Therapists fear that social networking is changing the way we relate to each other. Facebook knows your friends, even if they’re not on Facebook: Facebook can infer many things, even about people who deliberately stay away. New York University philosopher Helen Nissenbaum has put her approach to privacy at the center of the national agenda. From Vice, for someone who likes to talk about the virtues of disconnecting, the media critic Douglas Rushkoff seems surprisingly always on; and why does nobody know what “trolling” means? (somebody who just has very bad manners?)
From Behavior and Social Issues, Mitch J. Fryling (CSPP): The Impact of Applied Behavior Analysis on the Science of Behavior; Angela Sanguinetti (UC-Irvine): The Design of Intentional Communities: A Recycled Perspective on Sustainable Neighborhoods; and Christina A. Lydon and Kerry D. Rohmeier (Nevada), Sophia C. Yi (Loyola), Mark A. Mattaini (UIC), and W. Larry Williams (Nevada): How Far Do You Have to Go to Get a Cheeseburger Around Here? The Realities of an Environmental Design Approach to Curbing the Consumption of Fast-Food. The Perfected Self: Once denounced by critics as a fascist idea, "behavior modification" is making a comeback, powered by smartphone apps that aim to transform us into better versions of ourselves. James Wolcott on how the recent comedowns of Oprah, Howard Stern, Conan O’Brien, and Simon Cowell, among others, reveal the ways a star’s luster can fade. Christopher Hayes on why elites fail: They’re hyper-educated, ambitious and well rewarded — so why are our elites so incompetent? Since right-wingers stupidly decided to make the penguin their official animal of morality in the culture war, it’s of great enjoyment to learn more about the actual sexual behavior of penguins.
From Failure, unable to settle on a candidate, Americans Elect falls out of the 2012 presidential race — what’s next for the non-profit, non-partisan political group? (and more) From Ballot Access News, the Objectivist Party expects to place presidential ticket on ballot in two states (and more). Can Occupy Wall Street trust its own candidate? Running for Congress, George Martinez calls himself the Occupiers' candidate — the rest of the movement isn't so sure. Rolling Stone on the “voter fraud” myth debunked. Geoffrey R. Stone on fixing Citizens United. Steve Clemons on what it really takes to change Washington. Gaffes don't just "happen" — a political rival takes note, sure, but a gaffe is a gaffe when reporters say so. Somewhere along the line it became OK for politicians to ignore facts and present truth as the thing they want to be true — is it too late to restore sanity to political discourse? Once Washington was a happy place where a girl and her mother could be groped simultaneously in good fun by a white supremacist; sadly, it has all been ruined by Kim Kardashian and Ezra Klein.