From Ceasefire, the fiction of a free internet: Musab Younis argues that our perception of the "battle for the internet" is skewed by our acceptance of a hierarchical network run in the interests of advertisers. From The Awl, what are the politics of the Internet? Mike Barthel investigates (and part 2). The Web is turning us into narrow-minded drones: How Eli Pariser and Siva Vaidhyanathan convinced a roomful of New Yorkers they’d been brainwashed by the Internet. The Internet has changed many things, but not the insular habits of mind that keep the world from becoming truly connected. Say hello to the real real-time Web: It's not just a buzzword, but a technological shift — the instantly accessible Web. A review of Cloud Time: The Inception of the Future by Rob Coley and Dean Lockwood. From Wired, the man who makes the future: An interview with Marc Andreessen; and meet Steve Crocker, the man who invented the instructions for the Internet. Milo Yiannopoulos on ten people who are wrecking the internet. Scamworld: “Get rich quick” schemes mutate into an online monster. From Big Think, is the Internet becoming the bot net?
Darren Langdridge, Meg Barker, Paula Reavey and Paul Stenner (Open): Becoming a Subject: A Memory Work Study of the Experience of Romantic Jealousy. How corrupt are politicians? Less than you might think. State crime and street crime, two sides of one coin: When society is this corrupt, are the poor entitled to rise up and take what is “theirs”? One was Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard roommate, the other went to Jerry Falwell's Liberty University; together, Joe Green and Jim Gilliam want to democratize the most powerful Internet organizing tools. Lily Rothman on the controversial new “etiquette guideline” that has rocked the world of competitive cheerleading. An unquenchable gaiety of mind: On visits to Cambridge University late in life, Jorge Luis Borges offered revealing last thoughts about his reading and writing. Tyranny of the Judiciary: Under the guise of following the Constitution, our legal elites usurp it. Could the Internet save book reviews? Even as print publications are getting rid of reviewers, websites and podcasts offer new ways of approaching literature. Everything I learned about theology and economics I learned from Cracked.
Stefan Voigt (Hamburg): A Constitution Like Any Other? Comparing the European Constitution with Nation State Constitutions. From the European Journal of International Law, Armin von Bogdandy (Heidelberg): The European Lesson for International Democracy: The Significance of Articles 9 to 12 EU Treaty for International Organizations; and Jurgen Habermas (Frankfurt): The Crisis of the European Union in the Light of a Constitutionalization of International Law. Rosa M. Lastra (LSE): The Evolution of the European Central Bank. Renate Ohr and Mehmet Ozalbayrak (Gottingen): The Euro: A “Must” for Small European States? From Newropeans, the power of taxation is significant in forging a European identity, but if we are to speak of a European identity we need to abandon metaphysical essentialism. Paul Fourier on how the social model is Europe’s solution, not its problem. A “trilemma”: In addressing a crisis, member states can have only two of three things — deep economic integration, democratic politics and autonomy as nation-states. Europe's power relations have shifted — it looks like Germany will no longer be calling the shots in the EU.
Neil H. Buchanan (GWU) and Michael C. Dorf (Cornell): How to Choose the Least Unconstitutional Option: Lessons for the President (and Others) from the 2011 Debt Ceiling Standoff. From First Things, how can we affirm human dignity when liberalism no longer can? Wilfred M. McClay wants to know. Hegemonic heterosexuality: Why are we told that miserable relationships are the romantic ideal? An interview with Alice Pawley, co-editor of Engineering and Social Justice: In the University and Beyond. Ralph Nader's transformation into a dogged spoiler candidate for other spoiler candidates is one of the great weird tales of fringe politics. The Green Team: Katy Steinmetz on Jill Stein’s third-party bid to shake up 2012. From India’s Tehelka, when will we change the way we talk about rape? A special report (and more). One writer says he's figured out 12 basic ingredients for a blockbusting title — can the puzzle really be that easy? A fish story: How an angler and two government bureaucrats may have saved the Atlantic Ocean. Is quiz bowl the ultimate test of smarts or an overblown game of Trivial Pursuit?
Joseph Raz (Columbia): Death in Our Life. Rafe McGregor and Ema Sullivan-Bissett (York): Better No Longer to Be. Brooke Alan Trisel on how best to prevent future persons from suffering: A reply to Benatar. We all believe that death is bad, but why is death bad? On immortal being and nothingness: It may turn out that eternity doesn’t suck at all. Sissela Bok reviews The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death by Jill Lepore. Life advice: Think more about death. Why you probably won’t experience your own traumatic death. Close Encounters of the Cancer Kind: Is philosophy a preparation for death? An interview with Patrick Stokes, author of "Ghosts in the Machine: Do the Dead Live On in Facebook?" How close is science to being able to scan the contents of a human brain for future use? From Cryonics, Ralph Merkle on the allocation of long term care costs at Alcor. From CMAJ, welcome to the nuances of cryonics; and Michael Monette on the church of cryopreservation, entirely consistent with the basic tenets of medicine, providers argue. From Chronosphere, Mike Darwin on Cryonics: Failure Analysis (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5 and part 6).