From Academic Questions, Richard Phelps on dismissive reviews and academe’s memory hole. A review of Stylish Academic Writing by Helen Sword. Peter Suber on opening access to research. Leopold’s Ghost: When the president of a liberal-arts college brought an at-risk Rwandan scholar to campus, his good intentions were challenged in ways he could have never imagined. Andrew Delbanco reviews The Victims' Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind by Bruce Bawer. On leaving academe: Tenured professor of computer science Terran Lane explains why he quit to take a job in industry. God and the Ivory Tower: What we don't understand about religion just might kill us. The managing editors of four blogs shared their thoughts with socialsciencespace about the state, impact, and future of academic blogging. When sex isn’t sexy: Nathan Harden on his bizarre education at Yale University (and more and more on God and Sex at Yale). Mark Athitakis on how college bookstores are killing college bookstores. Mythbusting 101: Mark Hendrickson on uncomfortable truths your college won't tell you (and part 2).
Gary Dickson (Edinburgh): Charisma, Medieval and Modern. From Popular Mechanics, what makes a supervolcano so super? Trumping any volcanic eruption known to modern humans, the supervolcano could cause rapid climate change and mass extinctions; and life at the epicenter: Kale Thompson on preparing for the mega-quake. Extremism and national character: “Personality differences” between people from different countries may just be a reflection of cultural differences in the use of “extreme” language to describe people. Are you worth more dead than alive? Jason Stanley on speech, lies and apathy: Blatant falsehoods like those of the Romney-Ryan campaign are only possible because Americans no longer expect to hear the truth. From Aggregation Magazine, Matthew Fox on sex and overpopulation. Kevin Drum on Paul Ryan's grim vision for America. Ouiser Boudreaux on when annoying Ayn Rand acolytes invade OkCupid.
Cara Nine (UCC): Claiming the Arctic: Principles for Acquiring Territory from the Commons. Klaus Dodds (London): Anticipating the Arctic and the Arctic Council: Pre-emption, Precaution and Preparedness. Klaus Dodds (London) and Valur Ingimundarson (Iceland): Territorial Nationalism and Arctic Geopolitics: Iceland as an Arctic Coastal State. Ashley Barnes and Christopher P.M. Waters (Windsor): The Arctic Environment and International Humanitarian Law. Can national interest supersede global interest? Bharti Lakkad and Vijaylakshmi Choudhary on the North pole controversy. Arctic coastlines hitting ecological tipping point (and more). From Popular Mechanics, Jerry Beilinson on America's Arctic challenge. Form Current Intelligence, Matthew Ford on engaging with the Arctic. Polar melting signals end of “Pax Arctica”: A largely ice-free Arctic will bring a new, porous border to a continent that has long had the best borders of them all. Where penguins live, and other reasons why the Antarctic is not the Arctic. Frozen Truths: What Antarctica can tell us about the world. Antarctic trees surprise scientists.
Michael Z. Green (Texas Wesleyan): Against Employer Dumpster Diving for E-Mail. Those acronymic names still manage to summon up a ghost of awe: BOS, LAX and CDG, JFK and LHR — these are the grandest kings and queens of airports, the gods that no one believes in anymore but is forced to worship anyway. From the latest issue of Political Theology, a series of book reviews. From Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi on the true story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital: How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs — and stuck others with the bill. If rapid response has replaced the “state of emergency” as the dominant paradigm for governing emergencies, how might those of us concerned with enhancing democratic life respond to rapid response? Wikipedia has a list of the largest peaceful gatherings in history.
Stephen Ansolabehere looks at polling data on Americans' opinions about taxes, the budget, and entitlements. Morris P. Fiorina and Samuel J. Abrams on the myth of the "Big Sort": In the information age, Americans’ political allegiances go far beyond their neighborhoods. A review of Government's End: Why Washington Stopped Working by Jonathan Rauch. The probable outlook for US politics is continued paralysis and possible catastrophe — and most likely, both. The end of reason: Marc Hujer on what potatoes say about the state of US democracy. George W. Bush doesn’t miss “the swamp” of politics (and more). No, this isn't the nastiest campaign ever: Welcome to the political class's quadrennial freakout. Daniel Adler on Political Ads: Overpriced, inefficient, essential. Nieman Journalism Lab goes inside the star chamber: How PolitiFact tries to find truth in a world of make-believe; and BuzzFeed with a press pass: What happens when the GIF kings try to take Washington? The Tweeps on the Bus: How Buzzfeed is remaking campaign coverage. For sale: Katy Steinmetz on ridiculous political domain names.
A new issue of OnEarth is out. Jonathan Pickering (ANU): On the Concept of Climate Debt: Its Moral and Political Value. Keystone: It's become central to the debate over the future habitability of planet earth — a special report. Weather gone wild: Rains that are almost biblical, heat waves that don’t end, tornadoes that strike in savage swarms — there’s been a change in the weather lately; what’s going on? Global warm up: Climate change pressure group Operation Noah recently persuaded Paul Kerensa to become its comedian in residence. Daniel Rirdan, author of The Blueprint: Averting Global Collapse, on understanding climate change. From Policy Innovations, can bioregionalism go global before collapse? An interview with Richard Evanoff, author of Bioregionalism and Global Ethics: A Transactional Approach to Achieving Ecological Sustainability, Social Justice, and Human Well-being. Is the global ocean healthy? We can answer that now. Climate science as culture war: The public debate around climate change is no longer about science — it’s about values, culture, and ideology. Has the time come to try geoengineering? David Biello wonders.
From the Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, Karin Westin Tikkanen (Gothenburg): The Consequences of Truth. Arrested development: America and Europe are relying on private firms in the global R&D race. How Ryan resurrected Ayn: How everyone’s favorite spouse-swapping, godless pulp novelist and dorm-room doyenne became the Tea Party’s new mascot. Tom Shoop remembers Neil Armstrong, civilian federal employee. From The Saturday Evening Post, why your great grandparents were a bunch of spoiled kids. The Long, Lawless Ride of Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Locking up the innocent, arresting his critics, racial profiling — meet America's meanest and most corrupt politician. As Washington’s intern hordes depart, they take with them the spoils of new experiences. This election season ProPublica has been collecting campaign emails for their Message Machine project.
A new issue of the Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence is out. After a year spent looking at the dark underside of the Internet — including bestiality, necrophilia and child pornography — this Google contractor wasn't even hired full-time. YouTube is becoming a backdoor to let Google into your living room, no matter whose set-top box sits on your Ikea MAVA. A passion for search: Search Engine Land’s editor-in-chief Danny Sullivan is considered by many to be the world’s leading authority on search. Measuring the Internet: Digital media users may be easy to track but they can be very hard to follow, writes Jock Given. What was the first website ever? The United Nations and the Internet — it's Complicated: A battle is brewing, but the black helicopters are not about to invade. Is the Internet a new religion? Farhad Manjoo on the uncanny valley of Internet advertising: Targeted Web ads are too dumb to be useful and just smart enough to make you queasy. Internet addiction fueled by gene mutation, scientists say.
Ercan Gundogan (GAU): Space: Social, Cultural or Natural? From e-flux, a special issue on animism. From Vice, Harry Cheadle on the wacky world of the Republican Party Platform (and more). Walter Isaacson on how Steve Jobs' love of simplicity fueled a design revolution. A review of Odd Couples: Friendships at the Intersection of Gender and Sexual Orientation by Anna Muraco. The GOP finds its demon: The urban vs. rural divide remains America’s biggest cultural schism — bigger than religion, race, or who built what with whose help. Lydia DePillis on Europe on 5 GB a Day: What does it mean when smartphones replace travel guides? Ron Fournier on why (and how) Romney is playing the race card. Pussy Riot writes to Slavoj Zizek. The attraction of solitude: Living alone is on the rise all over the world — is this bad news? Gadi Ben-Yehuda on how 20 is the new 30 in today's workforce.
Jennifer Y. Chudy, Joshua Shipper, and Spencer Piston (Michigan): The Power and Limits of White Compassion for Blacks in U.S. Politics. Reginald Leamon Robinson (Howard): Dark Secrets: Obedience Training, Rigid Physical Violence, Black Parenting, and Reassessing the Origins of Instability in the Black Family Through a Re-Reading of Fox Butterfield's All God's Children. Allen Rostron (Missouri): Affirmative Action, Justice Kennedy, and the Virtues of the Middle Ground. Telling stories about Rosa Parks: Michael Schudson on what we know about the civil rights pioneer — and why we’re often wrong about her. Meet the people who gave birth to hipsterism — hint: They aren't white kids from Williamsburg. Black Jews gain wider acceptance: Gaps between African-American and mainstream groups narrow. Fear of a Black President: For the past four years, Barack Obama has avoided nearly all mention of race — revealing the false promise and double standard of integration. The racial divide on sneakers: What the history of footwear reveals about a cultural divide — and the way shoe companies market to young black men. Who's afraid of being post-black in black America? Some black public figures are promoting a conflicted agenda.