Grant Bollmer (Massey): Demanding Connectivity: The Performance of “True” Identity and the Politics of Social Media. From Future Internet, a special issue on recent advances in Web services. From Gizmodo, a look at how Yahoo killed Flickr and lost the Internet. An interview with Evgeny Morozov, author of The Net Delusion. Louis Theroux on how the internet killed porn. When tech companies worth $10 billion don't have a working phone number, you know they've taken "drop dead" to a whole new level. Google brings new meaning to the Web: The search-engine giant now “understands” what you’re looking for. How the Internet became boring: The Internet is both a utility and a medium — only one of these things is exciting. Are supercuts more than just pop remixes tailor-made for the social Web? A look at the weird world of country-specific Web domains. When will this low-innovation Internet era end? (and a response) A look at the the top five things YouTube can teach you.
A new issue of Policy Review is out. Jeremy Waldron (NYU): (a) Bicameralism; (b) The Principle of Loyal Opposition; and (c) Separation of Powers or Division of Power? David Lametti (McGill): The Cloud: Boundless Digital Potential or Enclosure 3.0? Urban researchers in Berlin are exploring an eerie phenomenon, the modern ghost town — from a deserted Cypriot holiday resort to a brand new Chinese city devoid of inhabitants. Beardo Apocalypse: Is the end nigh for Americana? A look at how education reform can fight crime. A review of Debating the Ethics of Immigration: Is There a Right to Exclude? by Christopher Heath Wellman and Phillip Cole. Robert Stern is an ice cool metaphysician brooding on Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Deleuze and the whole of nineteenth century philosophy. Who, or what, is a person? Jonathan Lyons on speciesism and substrate chauvinism. A review of Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton.
Enrico Spolaore (Tufts) and Wacziarg Romain (UCLA): How Deep are the Roots of Economic Development? David Hulme and Rorden Wilkinson (Manchester): Brave New World: Global Development Goals after 2015. William Easterly (NYU): Was Development Assistance a Mistake? From Ethics and International Affairs (vol. 26.2), a special issue on combating global poverty, guest edited by Thomas Pogge and Luis Cabrera. Do World Bank country classifications hurt the poor? Get an MBA, save the world: If you want to work in international development, go work for a big, bad multinational company. Dumb and Dumber: Are development experts becoming racists? A review of Parasites, Pathogens, and Progress: Diseases and Economic Development by Robert A. McGuire and Philip R. P. Coelho. How much does natural resource extraction really diminish national wealth? The weight of water: It’s easy to take water for granted when it gushes fresh from a tap — but most of the world’s women have to work for every drop. From Global Dashboard, are language policies increasing poverty and inequality?
A new issue of The Philosophers’ Magazine is out. Jamal Greene (Columbia): The Case for Original Intent. Clayton Thyne and Jonathan Powell (Kentucky): Coup d'etat or Coup d'autocracy? How Coups impact Democratization. “Big Government” isn’t so big by historical standards — it’s also shrinking. From the Saturday Evening Post, James McCommons on the looming crisis in mass transit. A review of The Global Biopolitics of the IUD: How Science Constructs Contraceptive Users and Women's Bodies by Chikako Takeshita. From The American Interest, Gal Luft and Anne Korin on the folly of energy independence. Street Fighting Man: How former anarchist revolutionary Daniel Cohn-Bendit plans to save Europe. The first chapter from When Is True Belief Knowledge? by Richard Foley. Filmmaker magazine is aimed at independent filmmakers, but it also has a lot to offer those who simply love watching indies. Nick Holdstock on environmental protests in China.
A new issue of Ryerson Review of Journalism is out. Jasmine E. McNealy (Syracuse): The Emerging Conflict between Newsworthiness and the Right to Be Forgotten. Chris Edelson (American): Lies, Damned Lies, and Journalism: Why Journalists are Failing to Vindicate First Amendment Values and How a New Definition of “The Press” Can Help. From Neiman Reports, a special issue on Truth in the Age of Social Media. The New York Times journalist who quit in disgust: A review of A Rough Guide to the Dark Side by Daniel Simpson. Without foreign correspondents the press is in a world of ignorance. David Simon is a talented writer and storyteller, but is he qualified to give advice to publishers about how to save their dying industry? Why porn and journalism have the same big problem — nobody wants to pay for their products. The hubris and despair of war journalism: What Martha Gellhorn teaches us about the morality of contemporary war reportage. Can The Guardian survive? Tim de Lisle wants to know. A review of After Broadcast News: Media Regimes, Democracy, and the New Information Environment by Bruce Williams and Michael Delli Carpini.
Fredrick E. Vars (Alabama): Delineating Sexual Dangerousness. A museum of virtual media: The brain doesn't much care whether an experience is real. A review of America the Philosophical by Carlin Romano (and more and more and more and more and more). What Facebook knows: The company's social scientists are hunting for insights about human behavior; what they find could give Facebook new ways to cash in on our data — and remake our view of society. A review of The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources by Michael T. Klare. A college football playoff could mean philosophical, practical shift from BCS. A review of Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex by Elizabeth Reis. George Scialabba on Plutocratic Vistas: In truth, American democracy has been a long time dying. A review of How Women Represent Women: Political Parties, Gender and Representation in the State Legislatures by Tracy L. Osborn.
Z. Bangwei (Hunan) and Y. Yinjian (BIGC): On the Substance of Civilization in Human Society Entering into the Nanomaterials Age. Johann-Albrecht Meylahn (Pretoria): Truth, Reason, and Faith in Modern Civilisation: The Violence of Truth and the Truth of Violence in Modern “Secular” Western Civilisation. Christian apocalyptic literature and ecological predictions both anticipate the end of the world — are they born of the same tradition, asks Jean-Francois Mouhot? Civilization and its discontents: One of our myths is the idea of progress — that things always get better — but many human civilisations before ours have risen and then collapsed; we’re no different, says Paul Kingsnorth, the co-founder of the Dark Mountain project. Nick Bostrom on the possibility of existential threat and how academics and practitioners can begin to think about how to tackle these risks. Computation and the human predicament: Brian Hayes on The Limits to Growth and the limits to computer modeling. A look at how any sufficiently advanced civilization is indistinguishable from nature.
From The American Scholar, Michael Dirda on Anglophilia. From Searchlight, where next for the far right? A review of English Nationalism and Euroscepticism: Losing the Peace by Ben Wellings. David Skelton on how Englishness is real. Why has the idea of publicly funded higher education crumbled so quickly in England? An excerpt from Our Corrupt Legal System: Why Everyone is a Victim (Except Rich Criminals) by Evan Whitton. Why do they hate George Galloway so much? The Princes of Wales has been awarded the highest rank in all three military services by the Queen. The sign pointing visitors to London’s 2012 Olympic Site could just as easily read “Dystopia For Rent”. A review of Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain by Tom Watson and Martin Hickman. In a forthcoming paper in the Economic History Review, Oxford economic historian Jane Humphries offers a fascinating — and harrowing — overview of child labor during Britain's industrial revolution. Little Britain: Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson on why the UK is no longer a superpower. Artefact studies in Late Iron Age and Roman Britain: A blast from the past?
Laura L. Rovner (Denver) and Jeanne Theoharis (CUNY): Preferring Order to Justice. From the Journal of Legal Analysis, a symposium on Political Risk and Public Law. From Antiquity, a review of Great Excavations: Shaping the Archaeological Profession; and a review essay on mummies, coffins and a forgotten pharaoh. Does Big Oil have to be evil to survive? It’s a tough business, and someone has to do it — don’t they? A review of Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities by Carl H. Nightingale. What is, or would be the United States of Europe's place in and relationship to the global society? A review of Moral Theory at the Movies: An Introduction to Ethics by Dean Kowalski. The first chapter from Climbing the Charts: What Radio Airplay Tells Us about the Diffusion of Innovation by Gabriel Rossman. A look at 14 classic distractions for the Internet newcomer.
From Roll Call, Eliza Newlin Carney on campaign finance, the nonprofit world’s new weapon; lobbying rules that were meant to regulate the industry have spawned the emergence of the unlobbyist; and could online advocacy replace K Street’s traditional model? All those millions that America’s billionaires are pouring into super PACs, where do they come from? We can trace a huge chunk of that political cash to the truly massive tax cuts our richest now enjoy. It's a rich man's world: Thomas Frank on how billionaire backers pick America's candidates. Sen. Bernie Sanders on the 26 billionaires buying the 2012 elections. Big donors are a big threat to American democracy: Lawrence Lessig on why we need campaign finance reform. Forty years after Watergate: Pamela Karlan on the decades-long fight against political money. Karl Rove is back, big time. Thanks, Citizens United, for this campaign finance mess we're in: Apologists for this damaging Supreme Court decision are wrong on the facts and the law. Citizens United? Don’t worry your pretty heads about it.